The threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea on the increase

3 June 2016

The UN Security Council has released a statement saying: “The Security Council remains deeply concerned about the threat piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea pose to international navigation, the security and economic development of States in the region, to the safety and welfare of seafarers and other persons, as well as the safety of maritime routes”.

In the first quarter of 2016, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre recorded six attacks and six attempted attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, in addition to nine in Nigeria, one in Cote d’Ivoire and two within the territorial waters of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The US Deputy Representative to the UN, Ambassador Michele Sison, said: “By some estimates, Nigeria is losing about USD1.5 billion a month due to piracy, armed robbery at sea, smuggling and fuel supply fraud”.

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