Russian Sailors Stranded in Nigeria: Why Doesn’t Nigeria Implement IMO Resolutions?

Russian Sailors Stranded in Nigeria: Why Doesn't Nigeria Implement IMO Resolutions?

Source: Moran Security Group

Moscow and London

In September 2012, Moscow-based crew members of the MV Myre Seadiver were conducting professional and legitimate counter-piracy operations along Africa’s western coast when, in October, their anchorage in Nigeria’s Port of Lagos took a fateful turn.

Ignoring the fact that all permits, licenses and clearances were in place, the Nigerian Navy captured the Master and crew of fifteen Russian sailors on the eve of their departure from the Port of Lagos. Held for months in a bleak Lagos prison without charge or trial, until recently when they were falsely accused of “illegal entry into the country” and “arms smuggling”, the sailors are now threatened with life imprisonment by Nigerian prosecutors.

The behavior of the MV Myre Seadiver’s personnel throughout this horrendous experience has been nothing short of exemplary. The vessel’s parent company, Moran Security Group, her Master and her crew offered transparency and meticulously complied with Nigeria’s regulations for private maritime security providers.

Alexey Maximov, of Moscow-based Moran Security Group, said: “The fact that our crew was forcibly removed from our ship at gunpoint in Lagos by the Nigerian authorities – the very people you should be able to trust – and held for months without charge is a total outrage.”Continue reading

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