The International Maritime Bureau has grouped Nigeria as a top piracy hotspot and described the nation’s waters as risky based on the high rate of deadly attack on vessels around the country.
In its latest piracy report released on Tuesday, the IMB said that there had been 20 attacks reported against ships within the first nine months of 2016.
It stated that 16 of the 20 attacks occurred off the coast of Brass, Bonny and Bayelsa and guns were used in 18 of the incidents while vessels were ‘underway’ in 17 of the 20 reported attacks.
The IMB further stated that 39 of the 49 crew members kidnapped globally occurred off Nigerian waters in seven separate incidents.
Other crew kidnapping cases in 2017 were reported 60 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria, according to the organisation.
“In general, all waters in and off Nigeria remain risky, despite intervention in some cases by the Nigerian Navy. We advise vessels to be vigilant. The number of attacks in the Gulf…