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Piracy off West Africa doubles

2012-10-27 09:11

Accra - Piracy off West Africa's coast has increased and seen a strategic shift, says a report published by the Atlantic Council on Friday.

The report Managing the Global Response to Maritime Piracy says while historically pirate attacks occurred closer to the shore and in the form of armed robberies, there has been a major change.

"Attacks have become more frequent, more violent, and are occurring farther out from shore (of West Africa)," the paper by the Atlantic Council Counter-Piracy Task Force found.

It also says that in the first half of 2012, 34 attacks were reported in West Africa's waters, 24 of which were successful. This is more than twice the number of attacks compared to the same time frame last year.

"A few years ago, the waters off Nigeria were ranked the deadliest in the world and are now second only to Somalia," the report says, adding that as opposed to Somalia, where pirates mainly make money from ransom, West African pirates "rapidly strip cargo (most commonly in the form of oil from tankers) and retreat from hijacked vessels."

Besides having financial motives, piracy off West Africa's coast can be seen as "political protests over perceived injustices by the oil industry."

The region is an important source of high-quality oil, and attacks on oil tankers can affect global oil prices, the report warned.

Earlier this month, a Greek-operated oil tanker went missing in the Gulf of Guinea and was located three days later. It carried 32 100 metric tons of gasoline to be discharged in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Comments
  • Lyndatjie - 2012-10-27 09:33

    OK... I'm now going to rob a bank to protest against imperialism. Then I'm going off to home invade the presidential homestead to protest against corruption... and finally I will slap a policeman to protest against police brutality... Crime is just that... CRIME! Anybody trying to sensationalise it into something political and anybody who believes it should then give all their belongings to thieves, their wives and sisters to rapists and their children to thugs. I'm so sick and tired of people trying to put reason to criminal acts...

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-27 14:16

      Have you been to Naija Delta? Have you seen how the farms have been destroyed by crude oil? Have you seen how the waters are pitch black because of oil spillage? I am guessing no.There are two sides to a story and until you see the damage that Shell,Mobil,BP and other western oil companies have done to the people of the naija delta you will never understand why their children have now taken to piracy. I am in support of this kind of piracy,i have been to Naija Delta and i have seen the wickedness of the west first hand,how they neglected an entire nation of people to be extensively exploited by their oil companies.If the united nations ,the western nations,the African union,the Nigerian Government and the United states continue to turn a blind eye to the going ons in the naija delta then they should also turn a blind eye to the piracy there. Last i checked those pirates do not kill except they are fired upon,they are the same crude oil which has been used to oppress for over 3 decades.Every action has a reaction ,that is the simple law of nature. Now in case you think i talking bunkers ,here is a link to show you the extensive environmental damage these people have to deal with on a daily basis thanks to western oil companies: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/mar/05/curse-black-gold-nigeria#/?picture=360077948&index=0 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2011/aug/03/shell-oil-spills-niger-delta-in-pictures#/?picture=377530413&index=0

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-27 14:16

      Have you been to Naija Delta? Have you seen how the farms have been destroyed by crude oil? Have you seen how the waters are pitch black because of oil spillage? I am guessing no.There are two sides to a story and until you see the damage that Shell,Mobil,BP and other western oil companies have done to the people of the naija delta you will never understand why their children have now taken to piracy. I am in support of this kind of piracy,i have been to Naija Delta and i have seen the wickedness of the west first hand,how they neglected an entire nation of people to be extensively exploited by their oil companies.If the united nations ,the western nations,the African union,the Nigerian Government and the United states continue to turn a blind eye to the going ons in the naija delta then they should also turn a blind eye to the piracy there. Last i checked those pirates do not kill except they are fired upon,they are the same crude oil which has been used to oppress for over 3 decades.Every action has a reaction ,that is the simple law of nature. Now in case you think i talking bunkers ,here is a link to show you the extensive environmental damage these people have to deal with on a daily basis thanks to western oil companies: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/mar/05/curse-black-gold-nigeria#/?picture=360077948&index=0 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2011/aug/03/shell-oil-spills-niger-delta-in-pictures#/?picture=377530413&index=0

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-27 16:29

      omonaija, Did you see what the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did in the Gulf of Mexico..? Did US citizens go out and attack- and hi-jack oil tankers and practice piracy on the high-seas..? NO..! The difference is the African mentality - i.e. "...we prefer to steal than to work..." The same zombie mentality as presented in your post.

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-27 16:29

      omonaija, Did you see what the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did in the Gulf of Mexico..? Did US citizens go out and attack- and hi-jack oil tankers and practice piracy on the high-seas..? NO..! The difference is the African mentality - i.e. "...we prefer to steal than to work..." The same zombie mentality as presented in your post.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-27 17:34

      Omanaija, you may as well blame anyone who puts petrol into their car too. The point is, the buck stops with the Nigerian Govt. It is THEIR responsibility to look after their own people and to ensure that the foreign companies comply with any laws governing pollution etc. The problem is, AS IN MOST OF AFRICA, that corrupt government officials are taking massive back-handers to sign away rights, turn a blind eye and ignore any responsibility towards their country & people. The same thing is happening with Chinese "owned" copper mines in DRC etc etc. No matter how much the UN and Western Nations protest, Africa will still do what it wants to do.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-27 17:34

      Omanaija, you may as well blame anyone who puts petrol into their car too. The point is, the buck stops with the Nigerian Govt. It is THEIR responsibility to look after their own people and to ensure that the foreign companies comply with any laws governing pollution etc. The problem is, AS IN MOST OF AFRICA, that corrupt government officials are taking massive back-handers to sign away rights, turn a blind eye and ignore any responsibility towards their country & people. The same thing is happening with Chinese "owned" copper mines in DRC etc etc. No matter how much the UN and Western Nations protest, Africa will still do what it wants to do.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-28 12:32

      Claudia_Meads - As usual you comment like someone with no brain. How can you compare the coastal residents to USA to the people in the Naija delta??Are you slow or something.? The people in the of the USA have been able to do their fishing for years without any problems.Accirding to racist logic ,we might as well say the people in Chernobyl - Russia are lazy since in your opinion a polluted soil is good enough to farm and polluted waters are good enough to fish. The US spill happened once and was cleared up within 9 months because the world listens to the people of America.Please spare us all the lies about "African mentality" crap tell that to your fellow South African who are ignorant,i have lived in the united states and i know that Americans don't take nonsense. Even before the oil spill was cleaned ,Obama was under heavy fire from all corners.If he had not cleaned that spill on ,some armed Americans would have taken the law in to their own hands.The united states Government fear Americans because it knows it's citizens are armed. That is just the way it is,Africans are disposable human beings but westerners are not.The naija delta spill has been going on since for the past 30 years. Your racist mentality is beyond help.How are the people supposed to work when the their can not farm the the land or fish the waters?? So much for you being intelligent.Go back to school and acquire some sound non racist education then come back and debate.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-28 12:52

      @gavin.taylor.79 - I am sure you saw where i mentioned in my comment that the Nigerian Government is also to blame??? Now here is the deal Gavin,the people of Naija delta do not SEE the Nigerian Government polluting their land.They see oil workers installing pipelines in their neighborhood. After a while those pipelines burst and starts to leak into their neighborhood destroying everything in it's path. Who is DIRECTLY responsible for that??? The oil companies! In your comment you have indirectly admitted that the Oil companies will not act responsibly except the Government keeps a tab on them.Why is this so?? Why did they out of greed intentionally destroy the Eco system of the the Naija delta?? It shows that they are inhumane greedy gluttons.The people of the Naija Delta never asked for a hand out,they simply told them to stop polluting their farms and waters which is their source of lively hood.Unfortunately they did not listen and now the Naija delta is pitch black with pollution so what next??They have no where else to go and their source of living had been destroyed by greedy Cuban cigar smoking westerners.To make matter worse these greedy oil companies are still drilling and still polluting the Naija delta. Just honestly put yourself in their shoes and tell me how you would feel if that happened to you.Imagine everything you worked for all your life completely destroyed by a total stranger.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-28 13:49

      Omonaija, I hear what you are saying. The oil companies DO have a responsibility, but the buck stops with the people who own the land ie the Nigerian Govt. If you are renting a room from me and trash the house, make a noise and become a nuisance, I will evict you. The Nigerian govt must do the same, but they won't because they are getting money (most of it in back-handers). The mistake you make is to label it Western or Capitalist greed. It is NOT. It is HUMAN greed. Capitalists are no greedier than communists or socialists. Did you know that the Beijing communist leader, Wen Jiabao, has a wealth of £1.7 billion while 80% of his people live in squalor and work like slaves, while socialist Tony Blair will charge you £1 million for a dinner speech to lecture you on equality & human rights. As Blixum says further down this page, a lot of the pollution in Nigeria is caused by Nigerian people trying to tap into the pipelines and steal oil. There was a Panorama investigative documentary a few months ago on BBC that showed Nigerians living along the river bank in the worst squalor I have ever seen. I have visited & witnessed at first hand, the slums & shanties of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, The Sudan and other African countries. None were as bad as the slums in the documentary, yet the film showed the governor(?) of the province living in absolute splendour. He would not start the interview with the BBC until they ate & drank a five star breakfast. Sickening but true.

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-27 11:57

    Thats not to bad. It only doubled. In South Africa with our Zoompie piracy increased six fold, and it is legal backed by the cANCer!

  • Blixum - 2012-10-27 15:46

    @omonaija:The waters are pitch black and the farms destroyed by crude oil because of breached pipe lines from africans trying to steal from these pipe lines. Pipe lines are completely safe as seen in Alaska where billions of barrels of oil have been piped to the coast without a single breach or broken or cut pipe. Makes you think, doesn't it.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-28 13:12

      @Blixum - To further prove that you do not know much about the oil industry ,i will post proof that Oil spills do occur in Alaska and that BP has been accused of not being serious about safety in alaska : http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/05/24/BP-cleaning-oil-spill-in-Alaska/UPI-20881337864586/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/27/bp-oilspill-election-idUSL1E8LN5WM20121027 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prudhoe_Bay_oil_spill As you can see your pipeline theory it absolute hogwash at best. Now ask yourself this question,why are some South African against fracking in the Karoo??? Could it be that they are aware of the unscrupulous nature of Oil companies? Makes you think doesn't it?

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-27 21:27

    Nigerians can't sit back and blame everyone for what goes on around them, if they are not educated they leave themselves open to corruption by their leaders, as is what has happened! And they break their own pipes either in protest or theft, because as usual their leaders forgot about them when the oil money started coming in, now their people are poisoned and hungry same old African story and the leaders are still getting the money without helping the people

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-28 13:33

      @hannah.p.mostert - The Naija Delta is a coastal part of Southern Nigerian and in no way represent the entire population of Nigeria. I will have you know that till date Nigeria produces the highest number of Graduates on the African continent so your assertion about Nigerians not being educated is wrong.Nigeria has 371 Indigenous tribes and 160+ million people. http://www.onlinenigeria.com/tribes/ The discussion here is about a multi tribe of people in Southern Nigeria who have been forgotten by the world and left at the mercy of greedy oil companies. You are the second to make accusations of these people breaking pipelines even though there is no proof or arrests being made to that effect.Do not belive the main stream media,it is all lies ,none of those people will go near a pipeline and intentionally rupture it.Nigerians and South Africans do not behave or reason the same way so please restrict your assumptions to South Africa.When Nigerians protest we do not kill or destroy property. They people of the Naija Delta are already suffering from all kinds of ailments due to the oil pollution in their area.Why will they now intentionally go and burst a pipeline? Secondly who will they sell the crude oil to??? Crude oil is not refined and it worthless in small quantities hence why their children have now taken to piracy.

  • nadia.deklerk.7 - 2012-10-28 10:56

    Piracy is not an excuse. Yes. But for instance Somalia has been struggling with foreign fishing piracies committed by a countries from Europe and Asia. Locals were even barred from fishing by these foreign ships resulting the loss of their local food source. A portion of the pirates of Somalia for instance is in actuality their 'defines force' against the foreign fishing pirates since they have no government to protect them. To put things in perspective: ---Peter Lehr, a Somalia piracy expert at the University of St. Andrews (UK), says "It's almost like a resource swap, Somalis collect up to $100 million a year from pirate ransoms off their coasts and the Europeans and Asians poach around $300 million a year in fish from Somali waters”---- So while I do not condone piracy, I beg people to please consider both sides of this discussion. We indirectly support these piracies through how we elect our politics. We do not question the political or environmental ramifications of what we buy on a local day(which would be exhausting). We do not consider whether our governments fuel these issues. And I am referring to 'we' as a global collective. I could ramble on for a bit, but I don't believe many people care about the livelihoods of others. As long as we have food on the table and money in the banks, we always swing our finger at someone else. So please, continue to do so.

  • flysouth - 2012-10-28 14:13

    Oh, so the reason for this criminality is 'political protest' is it? Phark me! I have a suggestion for the ship owners - just tell the law to go take a hike, and mount a couple .50 caliber machine guns (even smaller calibre will do but you have about 2000 metres lethal range with those big boys!) on the ship - and blaze away at any boat that looks like a pirate boat - not difficult to identify as they have black guys in them with guns and stuff! Problem solved in short order!

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