Doubts about security off West Africa after elections

There is quite a task waiting for Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, who must ensure maritime safety in a region marked by hijackings, kidnappings and corruption. New rebellions could give some breathing room to the small tankers, assesses Risk Intelligence.

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Small tankers are at risk of being attacked off of West Africa, where the maritime security for tankers, as well as in the gas and oil industry, is under pressure. Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan, was successful in creating a fragile stability surrounding the country's oil production by letting rebel soldiers from the Niger Delta take part in the oil security structure.

Increased instability is a risk with the new president of the country, the 72 year old Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected in April, and the question now is what this will mean for the maritime security in the region. There is no doubt that a heavy task awaits Buhari, says Dirk Steffen, who is the head of Risk Intelligence's studies of West Africa. And before the election, the security analyst company predicted that there would be a risk of the rebellion being resumed to some degree if Buhari was victorious.

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