A strategy of sea state action

Tackling maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea.

A strategy of sea state action

According to the latest report from the International Maritime Bureau (IBM), covering the first nine months of 2014, the Gulf of Guinea Africa remains the region most affected by maritime piracy. Although attacks there have declined slightly, from 47 last year to 33, the pirates opened new homes in the area. For example, Ghana, which had not recorded attack in 2013, has already reached its fourth act of piracy and armed robbery.

In addition, since the beginning of October, attacks in Nigerian waters suggest that piracy could be used to fund political activities. The attacks have indeed become more frequent and more violent with the approach of the Nigerian presidential election of February 2015. If this hypothesis is confirmed, there would have to fear for the other countries (Guinea, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Togo and Burkina Faso) who are preparing to go to the polls in 2015, says Bartholomew Blédé, maritime security researcher at the ISS Dakar.

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Source: republicoftogo.com

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