22nd December, 2011
Not satisfied with the order of a Federal High Court in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, that it should pay $39 million to a shipping company for damages, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has filed a notice of appeal against the decision.
This was as a result of unlawful detention of a vessel, MT Agbonmien, carrying thousands of tonnes of kerosene from NNPC offshore on the grounds that it was not seaworthy.
The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, in his ruling, ordered that NIMASA pay the judgment sum to the owner of the vessel as investigation revealed that the agency and Nigeria Port Authority disposed off the product on board and rendered the vessel moribund.
Justice Abang described the action as criminal and unconstitutional as the detained vessel was worth over $20 million.