By Godwin Oritse, with agency reports
THE International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported that an increase in the number of violent attacks on vessels off the coast of Nigeria saying that the â€œnationâ€™s coast is one of the worst in the worldâ€.
This is the second time in two years that pirate activities in Nigeria is giving the Bureau a serious concern.
The attacks which is usually aimed at robbing vessels and their crew of monies and other valuables, sometimes end up in violence.
The Bureau alsoÂ reported that most of the pirate attacks in Nigeria are not reported to the Piracy Reporting Centre of the IMB.
Reacting to the recent attack on an oil tanker â€˜Cancale Star on November 24, where the Nigerian Chief Officer lost his life during the attack off Cotonou (Benin Republic) by Nigeria’s border, the bureau saidÂ the tanker was boarded by eight or nine robbers, all armed with guns and knives.
â€œThe hijackers managed to gain access to the bridge where they demanded shipâ€™s cash and crew personal belongings before beating the master and tying several other crew members.
â€œAnother officer was able to raise the shipâ€™s alarm causing the pirates to panic and as they tried to escape, the vesselâ€™s chief officer was shot and killed.