“The Gulf of Guinea accounts for 95% of kidnappings at sea in the world”


Former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency, Dakuku Peterside, lamented that illegal and unreported activities in the Gulf of Guinea have caused global bodies to designate the Gulf as the most dangerous waterways in the world.

According to him, the Gulf of Guinea accounts for 95% of kidnappings at sea in the world.

The Gulf of Guinea is the name given to the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean which stretches from Guinea to Angola in the south. The Gulf Basin countries include Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Republic of Congo, Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola

The former boss of NIMASA, who presented a paper titled “Safety in the Gulf of Guinea” at an event in Benin on Friday, said the unique ecosystem of the Gulf of Guinea has attracted global attention and that its frequentation is dangerous in the waterways.

Peterside noted that the reason the Gulf has become the most dangerous in the world is that it accounts for 60% of Africa‘s crude oil production, 5% of world fossil oil reserves, 2.7% of world gas reserves. natural fossil, among many other advantages.

He said: “The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Maritime Bureau and International Maritime Organizations have classified the Gulf of Guinea as one of the most dangerous maritime areas in the world, at least it is. was the case in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

“For many reasons, the Gulf of Guinea is a place of international interest. It is a place of interest for those who practice shipping and fishing. Thus, for various reasons, the ecosystem of the Gulf of Guinea is unique. It is the second or third largest in the world.

Noting some of the dangerous activities being carried out in the Gulf, Peterside said: “The Gulf of Guinea accounts for 95% of the kidnappings at sea in the world. In 2019, we had 111 cases of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, while piracy is also endemic there with 120,000 barrels of crude oil stolen daily in 2020. ”

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