The national navies of Benin, Togo and Nigeria completed blockade patrols yesterday as part of a strategy to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Three boats and navies from three countries sailed for two days. This is the first joint patrol mission after the boat attack peak in the area.
With our correspondent in Cotonou, Jean-Luc Uplogan
This idea has been in the pipeline since 2018, but is only possible in recent days. Three coast guard boats and 60 sailors were mobilized from Benin, Togo and Nigeria. They have sailed from the Nigerian coast to the Togolese beach. They apparently crossed the Peninsula.
Departed on Monday and completed work yesterday.
Report with Albert Eisenhower, Commander-in-Chief of the Benin National Navy, commanding the country: ” A big area we passed in two days. For the first time I was able to go far. We never met any pirates. We showed our muscles. The pirates knew we were there. This is also the goal. ⁇
Ships with pirates have no rest in the Gulf of Guinea, official figures put the number of hostages at 121 in 2019 and 130 in 2020, with each major ransom being paid.
Countries work together. They exchange information and initiate joint activities. But first, each country is strengthening its strategy. Captain Albert Badu says of Benin:
⁇ Allow private security teams on merchant ships coming to Penin; A guard provided by Benin is provided for all ships waiting at the port before returning to port “And when they leave the port of Cட்டte d’Ivoire, these ships are taken to the outpost of the Peninsula,” the official said.