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    African Pirates Steal 400,000 Oil Barrels a Day in the Gulf of Guinea

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    At least 32 pirate attacks and other oil-related crimes took place in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea in 2016, costing oil producer Nigeria $1.5 billion each month, Deputy US Ambassador to the United Nations Michele Sison told the UN General Assembly on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The diplomat explained that piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea are increasing at an alarming rate. 

    "Strong political will from African governments and leaders is needed to pursue and prosecute crimes at all levels within criminal enterprises," Sison said.

    As a result, as much as 400,000 barrels of crude oil are stolen daily in the Gulf of Guinea.

    The acts of piracy, armed robbery at sea, smuggling and fuel supply fraud cost Nigeria about $1.5 billion a month, Sison added.

    To combat piracy, Sison recommended joint efforts by nations in West Africa, international organization and other entities that have a stake in maritime security.


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