Maritime lawyers discuss disturbing Court of Appeal’s decisions on admiralty

Emeka Akabogu


The Nigerian Maritime Law Association is today holding a public discussion in response to the recent court decisions by the Court of Appeal negating the Nigerian admiralty jurisdiction on the side-line of its virtual Special General Meeting in Lagos.

According to Emeka Akabogu, Honorary Secretary of Nigerian Maritime Law Association, “Recently, the Court of Appeal held that crew claims can no longer be heard by the Federal High Court. In addition, other recent decisions of some courts have seen many claims of an admiralty nature being defined as ‘simple contracts’ that can only be heard at the State High Courts. These decisions have the effect of depriving claimants of very important tools of enforcement only available within the admiralty jurisdiction of the Federal High Courts, and are ultimately harmful to the industry.”

According to Akabogu, the discussion is aimed at finding solution to the logjam which the Court of Appeal decisions has caused.   The theme of the discussion is ‘Derogation of the Admiralty Jurisdiction – Way Forward’.The registration link is:

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