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Depending on which activities are considered "piracy," the frequency of piracy in Nigerian waters varies. Attacks on merchant vessels loaded with cargo are relatively insignificant. Attacks are mainly directed at smaller ships shuttling employees and materials belonging to the oil companies with any involvement in oil exploration in Nigeria. From January 1, 2007 to October 15, 2007, twenty-six pirate attacks were recorded.[1] Piracy is especially common in the Niger Delta region in the southeast of the country, the center of oil exploration. Kidnapping and minor attacks in the region have been on the rise as a result of increasing unrest between residents, the government and the oil exploring companies. Other factors include scarce law enforcement and numerous waterways.[2]


Locations of attacks

Among the locations in Nigeria that have been subject to attacks by pirates are:

Attacks per year

Chronology of selected attacks

  • Jan. 4, 2009: Pirates hijacked the French ship Bourbon Leda with five Nigerians, two Ghanaians, one Cameroonian and one Indonesian on board. It was freed Jan. 7.[7]
  • Jan. 21: Gunmen attack the diesel tanker MT Meredith and kidnap a Romanian, who is released a day later.[8]
  • Jan. 23: Rebels steal some items from the Exxon tanker MV Ngoni. They also seized a tugboat.[9]
  • April 21: Rebels attacked the Turkish ship Ilena Mercan and kidnapped two crewmen.[10]




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