Nigerian Navy Parades Captured Pirates Around Town

The Nigerian sailors had started marching four captured pirates onto a boat when an officer shouted “hold on” to give the cameras a chance to get into position.

With a semi-circle of local reporters in dark orange life jackets snapping photos and rolling film, the men started moving again at Lagos naval command, chains clanking around their ankles.

The four were arrested during one of only two successful operations against a sharp rise in pirate attacks this year – and Nigerian authorities were determined to squeeze the maximum publicity out of their coup.

Pirate raids off West Africa’s coastline have jeopardised shipping of commodities from the region, while insurance costs are soaring.

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