Switzerland to sue Nigeria for violating Law of Sea by hijacking Swiss tanker


Switzerland is considering an option of suing Nigeria in International Court of the Law of the Sea for gross violation of that law, by keeping in detention Swiss-flagged tanker for already more, than a year.

Tanker was seized on Jan 23 last year by Nigerian Navy for allegedly, illegal entry and illegal fuel trade. Everything Nigerian Navy or officials, or whoever is in power there, said or are saying, doesn’t stand fact-checking.


Tanker was seized after transporting several fuel shipments to Nigeria, and of course, there was no “illegal” entry or fuel trade, tanker was working in accordance with contract between tanker operator and Nigerian company.


 Of 16 all-Ukrainian crew, 4 are still on board, and their living and working conditions are far from being comfortable, to say the least.
Why did Nigerian Navy seize tanker, in the first place, is a mystery.


 It may be the result of competing Nigerian firms war, or it may be a pure hijack-extortion case, or any other reason one may think of (thinking of Nigeria), but there’s no doubt, that seizure (hijacking) has nothing to do with any law, whether it’s the Law of Sea, or commercial dispute. It’s a lawlessness, pure and simple.

Switzerland to sue Nigeria for violating Law of Sea by hijacking Swiss tanker Switzerland to sue Nigeria for violating Law of Sea by hijacking Swiss tanker Reviewed by Legitnews247 on March 31, 2019 Rating: 5

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