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Piracy on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea

Pirates have kidnapped 35 seafarers off Nigeria in the first half of 2018 as piracy continues to be problematic in the Gulf of Guinea, with Nigeria the focus of attacks.

All crew kidnappings to date this year in the Gulf of Guinea – IMB

The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents.

Amnesty for activists and opposition in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea granted amnesty to activists and members of the opposition ahead of a “national dialogue” this month, a decree signed by the Central African nation’s president said.

Piracy off West Africa remains high

Piracy remains at elevated levels in West African waters, with 97 incidents recorded in 2017, including an increase in successful kidnappings compared to the previous year.

New Prime Minister for Guinea

Guinea President Alpha Conde named Ibrahima Kassory Fofana as the country’s new Prime Minister amid heightened political tensions and suspicion about his intentions ahead of a 2020 election.
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