ECOWAS launching anti piracy zones

First zone to cover Nigeria, Benin and Togo.

ECOWAS set to launch maritime zones to fight piracy

The 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is seeking to launch a pilot project aimed at monitoring and tackling piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

“Over the past years, the ECOWAS region, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, has seen piracy and various other criminal acts,” Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, peace and security, told Anadolu Agency.

“The heads of states and governments approved a strategy for combatting that menace [i.e., maritime crime] and part of that strategy includes setting up maritime zones,” she said.

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