Pirates on Nigerian waters went to sleep in June, in the first month after President Muhammadu Buhari took over the reins of power from Goodluck Jonathan.
The latest report on piracy by the International Maritime Bureau showed that off Nigeria, 11 incidents were reported in the first half of 2015, though no incidents were reported in the month of June.
However, 10 crew kidnappings in three separate events were reported in and around Nigerian waters.
The new report by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlights a continuing trend in South East Asia in the hijacking of small coastal tankers by maritime pirates, averaging one attack every two weeks.
According to the report, five small tankers were hijacked in South East Asian waters in the second quarter of 2015 alone, bringing the total number of vessels hijacked globally in 2015 to 13.
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So who kidnapped the crews from their ships? Hmm. Sorry, beg to differ with the suggestion there was no piracy in Nigeria in June. Two attacks on the Marine Police, leaving at least four officers dead and at least two patrol boats stolen along with heavy weapons… probably just kids messing about. Not organised pirates at all. Nope.