A Nigerian Navy boarding team climbs on board a ship during a hijacking scenario. The Nigerian Navy combats piracy primarily through deterrence and prevention.
For several decades, the West African subregion, particularly the Nigerian maritime domain, has been a high-risk area for shipping because of incidences of piracy and sea robbery, as reported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). Nigerian pirates are violent, targeting oil service boats and terminals, oil tankers, cargo ships, fishing trawlers, ships at anchorage, and passenger boats both in territorial waters and at high sea. The Nigerian Navy is responsible for policing the nation’s territorial waters and curtailing the menace of piracy. The Nigerian government must properly equip agencies charged with maritime security, as well as tackle the socioeconomic conditions that encourage individuals to engage in piracy as a source of livelihood.