AA / Abuja
Nigeria on Thursday dispatched 1,500 troops to the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, known to be the world’s most dangerous maritime area due to piracy.
Nigerian Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo said in a statement he had launched a military anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Guinea region.
The senior Nigerian navy official added that his country has also sent 13 warships and two helicopters, indicating that three foreign fleets will participate in anti-piracy operations in this area.
The Gulf of Guinea is known to be the most pirate-prone and dangerous maritime area in the world. According to the International Maritime Bureau, more than 95% of kidnappings and pirate attacks recorded at sea took place in the Gulf of Guinea.
Piracy at sea costs the global economy $ 818 million.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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