Beyond African Pride: Corruption mechanisms in the Nigerian Navy and maritime sector

  • Akali Omeni University of St Andrews

Abstract

This article examines the institutional pathology of corruption within the Nigerian Navy, and its broader manifestation and implications within Nigeria’s maritime industry. Beginning with an examination of the disappearance of the vessel, MT African Pride, in October 2003, the article reflects on the African Pride case to show that far from being a one-off incident, it was indicative of the opportunism and criminality that naval operations within the oil-rich Niger Delta have generated. Other primary case studies relevant to corruption within Nigeria’s maritime industry, and interrogated by the article, include the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). The article shall also examine a range of secondary case studies. These are relatively brief meditations on incidents, individuals and maritime industry private contractors and government parastatals, which are relevant to the debate to naval and maritime corruption in Nigeria.

Published
2022-06-02
How to Cite
Omeni, A. (2022). Beyond African Pride: Corruption mechanisms in the Nigerian Navy and maritime sector. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 50(1), 45-64. https://doi.org/10.5787/50-1-1332
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