Maritime Law Association (NMLA) has disclosed that the delays associated with
cases filed in Nigerian courts have resulted to negative perception of the
Nigerian jurisdiction among international shipping interests.
is contained in a statement on Friday by the association’s Secretary, Barrister
Emeka Akabogu, when the association paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the
Federal High Court, Honourable Justice A.A. Kafarati, noting that Nigeria is
losing Maritime cases to other jurisdictions.
occasion, the Association’s President, Mr. Chidi Ilogu SAN, who was represented
by the 2nd Vice President Mr. Mike Igbokwe SAN, noted in the Association’s
presentation that delays occasioned by administrative and judicial
issues have had adverse effects on foreign direct investment in Nigeria
and taken admiralty disputes involving Nigerians and Nigerian entities to other
for the creation of an Admiralty Registry by the Court, and offered to make the
expertise of its members available for the training of Judges in maritime law
to ensure proper guidance of Judges in the adjudication of highly technical
intervention of the Chief Judge to stem the negative trend occasioned by the
issues raised so as to protect the integrity of both the Bar and the Bench,
facilitate the efficient dispensation of justice and strengthen the confidence
that litigants have in the Nigerian admiralty jurisdiction.
concern about the issues raised by the lawyers, and acknowledged the need for
an Admiralty Registry for the Court. He said the court would look into the
possibility of having admiralty claims filed under seal, to prevent the
incidence of leakage of information relating to arrest applications.
promised to encourage increased collaboration between the Court and the
Association, and tasked the Association to equally explore the collaboration on
training of Judges with the National Judicial Institute.
in that meeting were the Honourable Justice Binta Nyako, Hon. Justice Evelyn
Maya and Hon. Justice Aneke, all of the Federal High Court. In addition, the
Honorary Secretary of the Association Mr. Emeka Akabogu, its patron Mr. Louis
Mbanefo SAN and other members of the association.