Coastal Insecurity Threatens Nigeria’s Trade

Piracy, armed robbery and oil theft persist.

Coastal Insecurity Threatens 98 Percent of Nigeria’s Trade

By Maryam Ahmadu-Suka

Kaduna — 98 per cent of Nigeria’s bulk trade is currently being threatened by the increasing insecurity in its coastal region which is gradually extending to the greater part of the Gulf of Guinea, Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, Kaduna, AVM John Chris Ifemeje, has said.

AVM Ifemeje said bulk of the country’s trade is done through its maritime environment which has continued to attract some security challenges with attendant legal implications.

Speaking at a seminar for Senior Course 37 of the Department of Maritime Warfare tagged ‘The Law of the Sea’ yesterday in Jaji, the commandant highlighted crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and operation of oil refineries as some major challenges being faced which extend to the greater Gulf of Guinea (GOG).

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