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Nigeria’s coast among world’s worst, says IMB

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 “nation’s coast is one of the worst in the world”.

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 also  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 ‘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 said  the tanker was boarded by eight or nine robbers, all armed with guns and knives.

“The hijackers managed to gain access to the bridge where they demanded ship’s cash and crew personal belongings before beating the master and tying several other crew members.

“Another officer was able to raise the ship’s alarm causing the pirates to panic and as they tried to escape, the vessel’s chief officer was shot and killed.


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