12 January 2013

Nigeria: Spanish Navy Exempts Nigeria From Pirate-Prone Region

The Spanish Navy Friday in Lagos, exempted Nigeria from one of the pirate prone regions in the African continent, clarifying that the only maritime challenge plaguing the country was sea robbery.

This assertion, has apparently disclaimed reports by the International Maritime Bureau which listed Nigeria and four other African countries along the continent's sea coast as areas prone to pirate attacks.

The Commanding Officer , Spanish Navy Ship MV RELAMPAGO, Lt Commander Tanago De La Lastra, made the clarification during a joint press briefing with the Nigerian Navy at the Naval Training Command, NAVTRAC, Apapa Lagos.

Lieutenant Commander Lastra whose country's ship arrived Lagos Thursday, disclosed that currently, only Somalia was experiencing piracy attacks, a worrisome development, he said.

He, however, expressed satisfaction over Nigerian Navy's (NN) effort to tackle maritime insecurity in the country as well as its overwhelming presence in the Golf of Gunea , informing that during his ship's six months tour on six countries within the African continent, insecurity on the waterways was not as high as it was projected.

Earlier, the Commander Operations of the Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, explained that during the three-day visit of the Spanish Navy ship, training of NN personnel on how to tackle evolving maritime challenges would be carried out.

Already, he disclosed that before entering Lagos harbour , the Spanish ship carried out exercises offshore Lagos with NNS NWAMBA and NNS ANDONI,two NN warships.

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