For Piracy, Nigeria Is the New Somalia
The tide has turned: The biggest danger to seafarers off African coasts now lies west, not east. While international efforts have managed to drive down attacks off the eastern Somali coast, authorities are scrambling to protect ships in the western Gulf of Guinea. Last year, 49 boats were attacked there, and 37 sailors kidnapped. Unlike their East African counterparts, the West African pirates — whose booty is mainly oil — often have a paramilitary background and training, which is prompting shippers to boost defensive measures to keep buccaneers at bay.