Security Guards In Trouble with the Law


In a growing list of legal incidents involving maritime security professionals, Port2Port West Africa has confirmed that two of its security contractors were arrested on March 28 in Nigeria. The company denies the allegations made against the two men. Vincent Hayward and Piers Eastward, were arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, after being detained as part of an investigation into a third party suspected of crude oil theft.

Also in the last week, the Estonian foreign ministry has announced that shipping company AdvanFort has paid the bail for the Estonian maritime security guards that are detained in an Indian prison. However, they won’t be released from prison before Tuesday, according to local media, due to technical reasons.

AdvanFort has paid 25 million rupees ($400,000) as bail for the guards. The Indian coastguard detained anti-piracy ship Seaman Guard Ohio on October 12 last year. Later that month, 33 people, including 14 Estonian anti-piracy armed guards, were imprisoned as a result of a preliminary investigation into the vessels alleged illegal entry into Indian waters and several other violations.

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