Nigeria looks for regional navy?

Defence minister wants African Navies to unite against sea criminals

Philip Nwosu

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has called for transnational efforts towards fighting maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea.

The minister, who spoke at the closing ceremonies for the 2019 edition of Exercise Obangame Express, said maritime illegalities had become transnational and evolved beyond the scope and capability of one country to combat.

Dan-Ali, who was represented at the event by the Director of Navy at the Ministry of Defence, Patrick Ekawu, said: “The scourge of various forms of illegalities, such as sea robbery, piracy, crude oil theft, poaching human and illicit trafficking of weapons and drugs, among others, constitute serious challenges to the development of the countries in our region.

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