Nigeria sees drop in maritime theft, piracy attacks

Nigeria recorded the fewest cases of armed robbery in its coastal waters and pirate attacks on its ships globally in the first half of 2022, according to a new report released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The report says that none of the 58 incidents reported globally in the first six months of 2022 occurred in Nigeria. The record is the lowest Nigeria has had since 2018, when 31 cases were reported in the country in the first six months of the year. The report says that the first half of 2022 saw the fewest cases of piracy and ship hijacking globally since 2018 with just 58 cases reported compared to 68 cases within the same period in 2021. According to the IMB report titled ‘Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships’, of the 58 incidents, 12 piracy incidents were reported in the Gulf of Guinea, with 10 cases classified as armed robbery and the remaining two designated as “Piracy attacks,” and none of them occurred in Nigerian waters. While the IMB hailed the decline in reported incidents as encouraging, it also lamented the fact that many of the boat attacks were reported late, changing the numbers in the table in later reports. ”This report provides an analysis of 58 global maritime piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB from January through June 30, 2022. Incidents are occasionally reported late, resulting in changes to the table and figures in later reports. Analysis of attacks in Nigeria in the last four years The index shows that Nigeria recorded 31 actual and attempted vessel hijacking cases in 2018 out of 107 cases that were reported in international waters in the first six months of the year, and 201 cases globally at the end of the year, an increase of 87 . percent In 2019, Nigeria recorded 21 cases of attacks on vessels in its waters out of 78 cases of global maritime piracy and armed robbery reported to IMB from January to June, and 162 cases with an increase of 107.6% worldwide by the end of the year. According to the index, Nigeria reported 41 cases of ship hijacking in 2020, out of 98 cases that were reported globally in international waters in the first half of the year, and 195 cases that were recorded by the end of the year, in 98.97 percent. increase. Of the 68 cases of international maritime piracy reported between January and June 2021, Nigeria had four incidents of attacks on ships in its waters in the first half of the year, and 132 cases, which represents an increase of 94.11% at the national level. world. Warnings in waters of the Gulf of Guinea Although there are no records of incidents in Nigerian seas, the group noted that events had been reported up to 212 nautical miles off the country’s shores. Nautical miles are used to measure the distance traveled through water. Therefore, the IMB urged shippers to increase their vigilance to protect their vessels, stating that many hijacking incidents during the first year may have gone undetected. “Overall, all waters in and out of Nigeria remain highly risky,” the IMB stated in its report. “Incidents have also been reported up to approximately 212nm from the coast. ”Ships are advised to be vigilant as many may not have been informed. Kidnapping for ransom remains the biggest risk for crews. Vessels are advised to take additional measures in these high-risk waters. In the past, oil tankers were also hijacked and part of the cargo (diesel) was stolen” Nigeria reacts Reacting to the reports, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA) Director General Bashir Jamoh said the country is committed to maintaining the momentum of recent success in combating piracy in the region. In a statement, NIMASA Deputy Director of Public Relations Osagie Jamoh noted that the reduction was the direct result of collaboration between national, regional and non-regional stakeholders, the PUNCH newspaper reported on Thursday. The statement also quoted IMB Director Michael Howlett who said: “Not only is this good news for seafarers and the shipping industry, it is also positive news for trade that promotes economic growth. But the risk areas change and the shipping community must remain vigilant. We encourage governments and responding authorities to continue their patrols that create a deterrent effect.” PREMIUM TIMES had reported that the Indian government in December 2020 announced how 20 of its citizens aboard an oil tanker, (Sailors) MV Duke, were kidnapped by pirates in the West Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria. The sailors were released six days later. ”The Government and Mission of India gave top priority and worked with @NigeriaGov in the release of 20 Indian seamen kidnapped on December 15 from the MV Duke. 19 were released yesterday. One sadly died in captivity in adverse conditions. Our condolences. Mission that assists in a quick return”, announced the Indian High Commission in Nigeria through its verified Twitter account. Indian Govt & Mission gave top priority and worked with @NigeriaGov on the release of 20 Indian seamen kidnapped on December 15 from MV Duke. 19 were released yesterday. One sadly died in captivity in adverse conditions. Our deepest condolences.🙏Mission attending soon return. — India in Nigeria (and Benin, Chad and ECOWAS) (@india_nigeria) January 19, 2020 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigeria sees drop in maritime theft, piracy attacks