Nigeria records first piracy low in 24 years

For the first time in 24 years, Nigeria recorded low pirate attacks on foreign vessels in its waters, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Authorities reported 14 pirate incidents for the first quarter of 2019, in comparison with the 22 incidents reported in 2018.

According to the IMB, this drop confirms the Nigerian Navy’s increased efforts to “actively respond to reported incidents”. 

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency director general, Dakuku Peterside, said the agency would continue to ensure that piracy in Nigerian waters was drastically reduced, if not eradicated.

However, as a result, there has been a spike in activity in surrounding areas.

The port of Lagos reported four incidents in the first quarter while the Gulf of Guinea had 22.

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