Nigeria’s piracy – another form of oil theft


The piracy problem off the coast of West Africa highlighted by an International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report is, overwhelmingly, a Nigerian problem.

The IMB report said maritime piracy was now more prevalent off the coast of West Africa than around Somalia.

This is partly because an international naval task force has been patrolling the coast off Somalia.

But it is also partly because of the peculiarities of the Nigerian economy and widespread corruption there.

A map in the IMB report showing the most dangerous waters in West Africa draws a line around the coast of Nigeria – with a small extension into the territorial waters of the much smaller countries of Benin and Togo.

Read more at BBC

President Jonathan
President Jonathan

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