Spain lauds Nigerian anti-piracy efforts

Plaudits come in a week of kidnappings and strike action by maritime unions.

Spanish envoy to Navy: you’ve conquered piracy

The Nigerian Navy (NN) yesterday received accolades from the government of Spain for reducing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG).

Ambassador Alfonso Sebastian de Erice, who visited the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Sanmi Alade lauded the Navy for its recent feat in the region.

He expressed his country’s commitment to continuous collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, noting that the reduced rate of piracy in the GOG was beneficial to the world.

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Maritime Security News:
One of the most serious issues with piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea remains the lack of reporting. Therefore, it’s rather hard to make claims of conquering piracy when so few incidents officially come to light. In the past week, there have been at least three incidents where pirates and armed robbers have boarded vessels in the region and kidnapped crew, as well as murdering three Nigerian Marine Police during an attack.

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