Nigeria Jails 10 Pirates Over Ship Hijacking

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A Nigerian court on Friday imprisoned 10 pirates for a very long time each over the hijacking of a merchant’s vessel last year, the naval force said, in the second such preliminary under another enemy of theft law.

The pirates, every one of them Nigerian, were indicted for hijacking the Chinese merchant transport FV Hailufeng II in the Gulf of Guinea in 2020.

Capture assaults against ships for recovery have gotten normal in the Gulf of Guinea, which runs from Senegal to Angola, taking in the southwest shore of Nigeria.

The culprits are generally Nigerian pirates.

Judge Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court in Lagos said the sentences were proposed as an obstruction to other people.

Just as the prison terms, he fined every one of the men 250,000 naira ($610).

The decision was “a significant triumph for Nigeria’s new enemy of theft law,” said Suleman Dahun, a representative for the Nigerian naval force which was going about as investigator.

The naval force saved 18 group individuals on board the Chinese vessel from pirates on May 15, 2020, additionally capturing their 10 captors.

Last year, Nigeria did its first since forever preliminary under another robbery law embraced in 2019, under which pirates are named financial saboteurs neutralizing the country.

The Gulf of Guinea represented in excess of 95% of all oceanic kidnappings last year – 130 out of 135 cases, as per the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which screens security adrift.

There have been 16 demonstrations of theft in the Gulf of Guinea this year alone, as indicated by the Dryad Global oceanic security consultancy.