ABUJA — The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said Nigeria reported four incidents of piracy in the first nine months of 2021.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Bashir Jamoh, director-general of NIMASA admitted this.
He noted that the reduction was reflected in the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) third-quarter 2021 report.
According to the maritime agency director, the figure represented a 77 percent drop compared to the same period last year.
Jamoh asserted that the latest figures came following the launch of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project, on June 10 by President Muhammadu Buhari, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“Nigeria reported four incidents in the first nine months of 2021, in comparison to 17 in 2020 and 41 in 2018.
“This represents a 77 percent decrease in incidents between 2021 and 2020, and 95 percent reduction from 2018.
“The IMB also reported a 39 percent reduction in piracy and armed robbery incidents in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
“We are delighted by this latest news from the IMB and the trend of progressive reduction in piracy and related incidents on our waters.
“But we cannot afford to be complacent about our commitment to the security of our maritime domain.
“We will continue to strive for more effective measures to keep Nigerian waters safe and secure,” he said.
“The piracy reporting agency explained that crew kidnappings in the region had dropped with only one crew member kidnapped in Q3, compared to 31 crew members taken in five separate incidents during Q3 2020,” Jamoh said.
“All Q3 incidents were also against vessels at port anchorages, whilst the average successful kidnapping location in Q3 2020 was approximately 100NM from land.”
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