G7 and Gulf of Guinea nations join forces against maritime crimes

12th December 2017

The G7 Friends of the Gulf of Guinea Group met in Nigeria to join forces with regional stakeholders to tackle the issues of maritime crimes bedeviling the region.

Led by Italy, the G7 harped on maritime crimes such as drug and human trafficking, illegal fishing and indiscriminate pollution in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG).

According to the group, the GOG, with its over 6,000 nautical miles which stretches from Senegal in the North to Angola in the South covering 20 coastal states, is vital to the economy of nations.

The highly attended meeting, which was hosted by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, focused on the fight against piracy, illicit trafficking of narcotics, weapons, human beings and goods, illegal fishing and marine litter, as well as the development of the maritime economy as a whole.

The Lagos meeting is coming on the heels of the one held in Rome, Italy, where more than 120 participants from over 40 countries, regional organisations, non-governmental organisations and companies met to discuss the security conditions of navigating in the GOG, where ships are often attacked by pirates.

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