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Discussions on maritime security in Nigeria

23 March 2018

The continuing threat to maritime security in Nigeria was the subject of a recent discussion in Lagos, Nigeria, held by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in conjunction with Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

Reports of incidents to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) 24-hour worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) indicate that piracy and armed robbery, often involving violence and kidnapping, continue to be a threat to shipping in West African waters, with growing reports of attacks in Nigeria. The presence of Nigerian Navy patrols has helped to thwart some recent attempted attacks.

The discussion focused on the need for cooperation among the various government agencies to achieve maximum maritime security enforcement. Participants included representatives from the government agencies involved in the national implementation committee for the international ship and port facilities security (ISPS) code. 

The recommendations from the exercise will help form the basis of a maritime security strategy, and are part of a project to strengthen the Nigerian criminal justice response to maritime crime threats. The project involves the IMO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and is supported by funding from the United Kingdom government.  

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All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email: imbkl@icc-ccs.org

 




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