Nigerian Piracy: A Small Step

Moves to combat piracy in West Africa move slowly. 

Nigerian Piracy: A Small Step

Op-Ed by John Guy

A small step where a giant leap is needed. The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is setting up maritime zones to co-ordinate information about and action against piracy off West Africa. If it is true, and if it happens, it is a small step in the right direction. The first zone includes Nigeria, so here is some information for the zone co-ordinators.

Nigeria houses the politicians and fat cats who fund, turn a blind eye to and profit from piracy in your zone. Shipowners are reluctant to report piracy attacks because your police forces and navies make things worse. They have their hands in the pot, not on the guns needed to deal with the pirates.

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