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Confusing image of Nigerian piracy dominates

The real scope of the piracy threat in the West African Gulf of Guinea remains obscure, as far from all pirate attacks are reported to the authorities and are therefore not included in official statistics, analysts say.

Not all pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and off the coast of Nigeria reach the authorities or the media, as both the shipping companies and the oil industry operating in the area sometimes fail to notify the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which handles the public stats on piracy attacks.

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