A Critical Appraisal of the Delimitation of Nigeria’s International Maritime Boundaries

Authors Olubisi F Oluduro

ISSN: 2521-2613
Affiliations: Faculty member of the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Source: Africa Nazarene University Law Journal, 2016, Issue 1, p. 123 – 151


The seas harbour so many resources that littoral states with enough technology to tap these resources have relished doing so, making good fortunes for their citizens. However, there are boundaries offshore, just as there are onshore, that must be taken cognisance of in the course of exploiting these sea resources. The delimitation of the seas zones have raised issues among neighbouring coastal states, constituting enough international concerns, one of which includes Nigeria and Cameroon over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, where the issues regarding the boundaries have constituted some brouhaha over the years before adjudication between the two neighbours. This article examines these sea zones in turn as regulated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), presenting how this has shapened the use of the seas. It also examines issues in the Cameroon/Nigeria Maritime Boundaries, and ends with a conclusion and recommendation.