The Federal Government says it has successfully defended its rights in the dispute between the country and Switzerland in an International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, ITLOS.

The Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Adetayo Apata, Federal Ministry of Justice said this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

Apata said that the tribunal delivered the important ruling in favour of Nigeria in an order on Provisional measures announced on July 6, 2019.

The case is on Nigeria’s arrest and detention of a Swiss-flagged Oil Tanker, its Crew and Cargo for violating Nigeria’s laws by engaging in ship-to-ship transfers of fuel oil for use in hydrocarbon production activities in Nigerian waters without the required permits and authorisation.

He hailed the tribunal’s decision as a `Vindication of Nigeria’s right to proceed with prosecuting these serious violations of Nigerian law, which is a key part of its efforts to combat maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea.