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Spanish Navy exempts Nigeria from pirate-prone region

The Spanish Navy Friday in Lagos, exempted Nigeria from one of the pirate prone regions in the African continent, clarifying that the only maritime challenge plaguing the country was sea robbery.

This assertion, has apparently disclaimed reports by the International Maritime Bureau  which listed Nigeria and four other  African countries along the continent’s sea coast as areas prone to pirate attacks.

The Commanding Officer , Spanish Navy Ship MV RELAMPAGO, Lt Commander Tanago De La Lastra, made the clarification during a joint press briefing with the Nigerian Navy  at the Naval Training Command,  NAVTRAC, Apapa Lagos.

Lieutenant Commander Lastra whose country’s ship arrived Lagos Thursday, disclosed that currently, only Somalia was experiencing piracy attacks, a worrisome development, he said.

He, however, expressed satisfaction over Nigerian Navy’s (NN) effort to tackle  maritime insecurity in the country  as well as its overwhelming presence in the Golf of Gunea , informing  that during his ship’s six months tour on six countries within the African continent, insecurity on the waterways was not as high as it was projected.

Earlier, the Commander Operations of the Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, explained  that during the three-day visit of the Spanish Navy ship, training of NN  personnel  on how to tackle evolving maritime challenges would be carried out.

Already, he disclosed that before entering Lagos harbour , the Spanish ship  carried out exercises offshore Lagos  with NNS NWAMBA and NNS ANDONI,two  NN warships.

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