How to Fight Growing Piracy in West Africa

A Nigerian Naval officer walks past a U.S. high-speed vessel, Lagos, Nigeria, Aug. 9, 2011 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
A Nigerian Naval officer walks past a U.S. high-speed vessel, Lagos, Nigeria, Aug. 9, 2011 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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Piracy in Africa brings up images of Somalia and its neighbors in the Horn of Africa, where maritime security has been an issue for years. On the other side of the continent, West African countries enjoy far more developed governmental structures and security tools and should, in theory, be able to keep piracy at bay. Yet piracy is significantly decreasing in Somalia, while it is growing in the Gulf of Guinea. According to the International Maritime Bureau, there was just one attempted attack in Somalia in the first nine months of 2016, whereas 31 incidents of piracy were reported off […]

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