Nigerian Vessel Detained By Senegalese Authorities Yet To Be Released Four Years After.

Isaac Ombe

In February 2015, a Nigerian registered vessel, MV Dola, with Nigerian crew members and a Ghanaian on board, were arrested offshore the coast of Senegal. It was learnt that the vessel entered Senegal’s territorial water boundary without authority and was arrested along with its

In a chat with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, the Nigerian Ambassador to Senegal, Salisu Umaru, disclosed that Nigeria and Senegal are still discussing the release of a Nigerian vessel and the crew arrested in 2015 by the Senegalese

Umaru said that the issue was part of a recent discussion between Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, and his Senegalese Counterpart, Sidiki

It would recalled that Onyeama had recently led a Nigerian delegation to Senegal to chat a way forward on the enhancement of the bilateral relations between both

“The issue was part of what we discussed in the meeting; we are still working on the matter,’’ Umaru

Some stowaways were discovered in the vessel when it was searched. Both the stowaways and the crew members were detained at Rebeuse Prison in

“In August 2015, the stowaways were released and repatriated to Nigeria, leaving the crew members. In 2017, two of the detained Nigerians died in prison custody leaving 14. All efforts by the embassy to secure their release or speedy trial have not been successful,” he

According to Umaru, the Nigerian mission in Senegal had been working round the clock to ensure the release of the vessel and the

Ambassador Umaru also disclosed that there were some few Nigerians serving various jail terms in

“We have some few Nigerians that are in prison in Senegal; they are about 78.

“Some of them are awaiting trials. Most of them are involved in local petty issues that are not straight forward, and we have intervened where necessary,” he

The ambassador however said that the most notable case was that of the seized vessel and detained crew.
He said that about 15,000 Nigerians living in Senegal, majority of whom resident in Dakar, the capital, operated without fear of molestation or

“In terms of doing businesses and buying and selling, there is no harassment in that context.
“Once you come in and you are registered and you follow due process, nobody harasses you. Even the ECOWAS protocols cover a lot of things on movement of goods and services and humans,” he added..