Risk Intelligence on the Nigerian Security Challenge


Risk Intelligence recorded 70 piracy incidents related to Nigeria in 2011. This figure (which includes attacks carried out by Nigeria-based groups in the Bight of Benin) com­pares to 58 recorded incidents in 2010 and 92 incidents in 2009. The pattern of piracy evolved in 2011 as piracy groups developed a new business model. Nigeria-based groups began to attack and hijack chemical and product tankers off Lagos and Cotonou (33 attacks were record­ed).

The aim of this type of attack was to temporarily hi­jack the product tanker and steal the cargo. Meanwhile, piracy off the Niger Delta remained at a low level with 36 recorded attacks – clustered off Bonny, Akwa Ibom State and in the Calabar River.

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