Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has met with the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Sune Krogstrup, on the reported killing of pirates in the Gulf of Guinea by a Danish frigate.
The meeting, which held in Abuja on Thursday, had as top agenda the incident, which took place in international waters 25 to 30 nautical miles south of the Nigerian territorial boundaries.
Dr. Jamoh assured that all stakeholders were interacting, adding that the agency will continue to do everything within its powers, including collaborations, to ensure the Gulf of Guinea remains a safe place for virile maritime activities.
“Let me assure you that NIMASA is in contact with the Nigerian Navy and relevant actors, as we continue to collaborate towards a total de-confliction, not only in our waters, but also in the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.
NIMASA will update the public with necessary information as the situation unfolds and more facts become available.
Shipping Position Daily recalls that, the Danish frigate killed the four pirates in the waters of south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish military said on Thursday.
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The Danish military had said on Thursday that, its frigate; Esbern Snare, deployed last month to the Gulf of Guinea amid heightened security risks from pirates, on Wednesday spotted a fast-moving vessel carrying eight suspected pirates near a number of commercial ships,
The motorboat, spotted by a helicopter deployed by the frigate, was carrying equipment associated with piracy, including ladders.
After the frigate fired warning shots, the pirates opened fire on Danish navy special forces, who in turn shot and killed four pirates and wounded one, the Danish military said in a statement.
The remaining four pirates were taken on board the frigate, and no Danish personnel were hurt in the incident, the military said.
It was the first time the frigate had opened fire during its current mission to the Gulf of Guinea, the spokesman said.
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