On 23rd October, Insurance Marine News reported that the Nigerian Navy recently intercepted a small craft and arrested its occupants for providing security services to a merchant ship and who did not have the appropriate permit to operate as a security vessel.  Nigeria forbids the presence of private maritime security contractors in its waters, and prevents Gulf of Guinea vessel operators from using on-board armed guards, but does permit civilian boats and armed Nigerian Navy active duty service members – though some security services firms have said that this system suffered from high costs and poor reliability.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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