Mainly, despite piracy, the report noted an increase in the drug trade in the region.

According to UN's report, between January 1st and November 23rd, there were 82 reported incidents on maritime crime and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Additionally, the Gulf of Guinea poses many challenges to those passing through, since many are the incidents reported every year.

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Moreover, in the Republic of Benin, the Gambia and Nigeria, more than 50 kilogrammes of cocaine were seized between July and October by joint airport interdiction task forces.

The report is published on time when concerns were raised in April by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau that warned of the surge in armed attacks against ships around West Africa, and said that the attacks were pushing up global levels of piracy and armed robbery at sea.

The IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 66 incidents in the first quarter of 2018, up from 43 for the same period in 2017, and 37 in Q1 2016.

Concluding, the Gulf of Guinea accounts for 29 incidents in the first quarter of 2018, more than 40% of the global total. Of the 114 seafarers captured worldwide, all but one was in this region, the report noted.

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