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Updated: Increased Piracy Threat Expected Off Nigeria Next 2 Days

September 23, 2021 - 08:44:47 UTC

UPDATE: Increased Piracy Threat Expected in Nigeria, Benin, Togo Waters Warns MDAT-GOG - Threat Reduced

MDAT-GoG issued a warning of the threat of increase in piracy in Zone E of the Gulf of Guinea. Nigerian security operations ashore successfully reduced the threat.

MDAT-GOG was made aware of an increased threat of piracy centred in ZONE E (ECOWAS region) within the next 24 – 48 hours, the area bounding Togo, Benin and Nigeria Territorial(TTW)/Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters.

Maritime Zones in the Gulf of Guinea

Piracy Action Group (PAGs) are likely to use Mothership tactics, using a larger vessel to transport skiffs or speed boats, to support pirate attack operations.

MDAT-GOG strongly recommends that the seafaring community (all Shipping) transiting this area increase their vigilance and retain an enhanced local surveillance and apply BMP WA procedures.

Recent reports have stated how the piracy threat had declined. The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh, said sea piracy had declined by 80 per cent in Nigeria’s territorial waters.

The DG went on to say that $783 million had been lost to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. “We have recorded a drastic reduction in piracy and this is enough for us to beat our chest that we are ready to return to the category ‘C’ of membership of International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

On 27 Sep, MDAT-GOG updated the situation stating that successful security operations ashore in Nigeria resulted in a reduction of the threat of piracy.


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