UK lauds Nigerian Navy for tackling piracy, protecting oil vessels in Gulf of Guinea


The United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary, Mr Boris Johnson, on Thursday in Lagos said that a lot of the UK’s oil came through Nigerian Waters and lauded the Nigerian Navy for its efforts on curbing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, Vanguard reports.

The Foreign Secretary made the disclosure when he visited the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Unity at Naval Dockyard Limited in Victoria Island, Lagos. “I congratulate the Nigerian Navy for what it is doing to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. We in the U.K are very proud to offer assistance to the navy to become even better in tackling piracy. A lot of our oil in the U.K comes through this water so it is very important that they are tackling this problem of piracy,” he said.

The Chief of Trainings and Operation, Rear Adm. Fergusson Bobai, who represented the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas, said the visit was to further strengthen the existence bilateral relations between the two countries. The CNS said Britain had over many years, been giving the navy training assistance. He said that the visit would further boost training of the navy on the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea in particular.