Support for Nigeria in piracy fight

Many attacks occurring in territorial waters.

Stakeholders Seek Support for Navy to Battle Piracy

John Iwori

Stakeholders in the maritime industry have called for the support of all Nigerians to ensure that the Nigerian Navy (NN) sustains its present fight against piracy and other criminalities in Nigeria’s territorial waters.

This is coming on the heels of increase piracy attacks within territorial waters in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.

Some of the attacks were said to have become increasingly restricted to territorial waters, terminals and harbours rather than in the high seas to circumvent intervention by international Naval forces.

However, a Lagos based shipping practitioner, Mr. Funsho Daramola stated that although the Gulf of Guinea region’s waters have been one of the most lucrative both for legitimate and unlawful activities, apart from Nigeria, and to a lesser extent Angola, no other Gulf of Guinea country boasts of any significant naval or coast guard capability to constitute an effective deterrent or counter measures against growing maritime crimes.

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