Despite a reduction in maritime crime globally, Nigeria’s waters are largely unsafe due to persistent acts of criminality. According to reports from international agencies, the Nigerian area and the entire Gulf of Guinea are still prone to the kidnapping of crews. Already, the activities of the pirates are impacting negatively on the operations in the maritime sector, with growing anxiety among operators over increasing risk on shipping goods.The revelation came as the Federal Government continues to make commitments towards combating maritime crime in the country.
Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi has assured that Nigeria, as a member of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), would remain committed to upholding the thrust of the organisation in the areas of safety and environmental protection.
The new reports issued by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) show that kidnapping is on the rise in the region with 44 crew members abducted for ransom in 2016 and 24 of the incidents occurring in Nigeria, an increase from 10 incidents recorded in the first half of 2015. The reports show that maritime security incidents, at the global level declined by 24 per cent in the first six months of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. They also revealed 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. Read more