UK must tackle W. African piracy

Concern over ‘perfect storm’ in region. 

Former head of Royal Navy says Britain must do more to tackle piracy off west Africa

West Africa is facing a “perfect storm” of piracy, disease and Islamic militants, a former head of the Royal Navy has warned.

Admiral Lord West of Spithead called for the British Government to do more to help tackle threats to shipping in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Labour peer and former security minister said there was no doubt that the threat to sailors was “growing and growing and growing”.

Lord West said: “We have a perfect storm developing in this region, with huge growth of kidnapping, piracy etc in the south, the discussion between Abubakar Shekau and Isil, and that Boko Haram are actually taking over territory and declaring an Islamic state.”

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