Leaders to fight piracy in West Africa
According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), an estimated 996 pirate attacks have been recorded on ocean-going fuel cargo vessels in West Africa since 2012. This was the first time that more pirate attacks have been reported off the Gulf of Guinea. The pirates are seekingoil products, which they sell on the lucrative black market, and are not primarily focused on seeking ransoms to release ships. To battle this growing problem, West and Central African leaders started a two-day summit on maritime security and combating the Gulf of Guinea's piracy problem in Yaoundé (Cameroon) on 24 June. The leaders were to discuss a code of conduct on the fight against piracy, armed robbery and illegal maritime activities.