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Piracy Attacks on Nigeria’s Risky Waterways Fall 36%

Members of the Nigerian Navy patrol the Niger Delta in 2017. 

Members of the Nigerian Navy patrol the Niger Delta in 2017. 

Photographer: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images

Piracy attacks off Nigeria’s coast fell to 14 in the first quarter from 22 a year ago after the navy improved its response to incidents, the International Maritime Bureau said.

“These results confirm the Nigerian navy’s increased efforts to actively respond to reported incidents by dispatching patrol boats,” the London-based body that tracks attacks on sea vessels said. “Despite these efforts, Nigerian waters remain risky for vessels, especially the port of Lagos where four incidents have been reported.”