The 13th batch of the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Abuja, Nigeria has on Tuesday, 20 October, 2020 visited the Ghana Navy Headquarters to obtain information on piracy.
The visit, as part of the study tour, was aimed at familiarizing course participants on the menace of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and its effect on international trade and national security from the Navy’s perspective.
Chief of Defense Intelligence, Major General Nicholas Peter Andoh who received the delegation on behalf of the Chief of the Naval Staff stated that the GoG has become a hot bed for piracy in recent times. He, therefore, appreciated the visit and called on all stakeholders to help make the sub region safer.
Briefing the delegation, the Director of Naval Intelligence, Captain (GN) Derek Attaché quantified that the GoG accounted for over 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide. He further stated that the Ghana Navy in an effort to make the waters safer undertook enforcement patrols to mitigate acts of violence or depredation committed by pirates.
He noted that these acts of violence recorded within the GoG adversely affect freights to Ghana. “Vessels then tend to favour safer waters in the Gambia and Senegal”, he added.
The leader of the delegation who is the Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies of NISS, Mr Didacus Egor Egbeji expressed his appreciation to the Ghana Navy for the kind reception and hoped the collaboration between the two countries continues.
The delegation comprised of 22 personnel from the military, police and other state institutions in Nigeria.