Canada The military navies of Benin, Togo and Nigeria patrolled in the Gulf of Guinea

05:40  25 november  2021
05:40  25 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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National Marines of Benin, Togo and Nigeria completed Yesterday deterrent patrols as part of the strategy to combat maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Three boats and men of the Marines of the three countries crisscrossed the ocean for two days. These are the first common patrols from the peak of boat attacks in the area.

with our correspondent in Cotonou, Jean-Luc ApLogan

The idea was in the pipes since 2018, but was only possible in recent days. Three coastal patrollers and 60 marine riflemen of Benin, Togo and Nigeria have been mobilized. They sailed in the waters, ranging from Nigerian coasts to Togolese coasts. They obviously crossed Benin.

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Assessment with the Chief of Staff of the National Navy of Benin, Albert Ezin Badou, whose country had commanded: "This is a fairly vast space we have traveled in two days. We were able for the first time to go very far. We did not meet any pirate. We showed our muscles. The pirates knew that we were there. It's also the goal.

No respite in the Gulf of Guinea for ships with pirates, official statistics identify 121 clock members taken hostage in 2019 and 130 in 2020 with, each time, important ransoms paid.

Countries work a lot together. They exchange information and launch common operations. But before, each country reinforces its strategy. The Captain of Vessel Albert Badou tells us about that of Benin:

"Allowing commercial vessels who come to Benin to have private protection teams on board boats; All ships waiting in the harbor before returning to the port are provided with a guard provided by Benin ". And when they leave the port of Cotonou, these ships are escorted until the release of Beninese waters adds the officer.

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