Five Pakistani crewmen have been released unharmed after being kidnapped off the Nigerian coast two weeks ago, according to security sources. A ransom was believed to have been paid for the five oil workers, again showcasing piracy as an increasingly lucrative business in the region.
It’s the latest example of the escalating maritime security concerns in the resource-rich Gulf of Guinea. While piracy off the East African coast has been endemic in recent years, this is now beginning to wane due to international naval patrols. No such agreements are yet in place for the West of Africa but it’s becoming markedly apparent that this needs addressing.