On patrol: a security exercise at sea.
On patrol: a security exercise at sea.

About 90 percent of all the piracy incidents around the world occurred along the coast of West Africa, the international maritime bureau (IMB) has said.

In its 2019 report seen here on Thursday, the bureau said piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa jumped by more than 50 percent last year, as Nigeria’s offshore oil-rich region remained the world’s most dangerous territory for ship crews.

“The number of crew kidnapped off West Africa in 2019 was 121, compared to 78 in 2018. In the last quarter, 64 crew members were kidnapped in six different incidents,” the IMB added.

“The Gulf of Guinea represents a serious and immediate threat to the safety and security of crews and vessels operating in the region,” the bureau noted. Enditem

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