By Mitchell Uzorka
First of it’s Kind, A joint event by the EU and Nigeria Navy tagged “Strengthening Nigeria-EU Cooperation on Maritime Security” was held in Lagos, yesterday, April 8, 2022 at the Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command (WNC).
The event cements the close partnership that has been developed between the Nigerian Navy, the European Union and EU member-states operating in the region.
In to a joint statement by the EU and Nigeria Navy, “All sides recognise that maritime crimes, particularly piracy and armed robbery at sea, have reduced across the region according to International Maritime Bureau Report of February 2022.
The event saw the presence of many high-level persons, including the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo; WNC Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral Yakubu Wambai; the EU Senior Coordinator for the Gulf of Guinea, Mr. Nicolas Berlanga; the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Samuela Isopi; the Italian Ambassador for Maritime Security, Mr. Daniele Bosio; the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stefano De Leo and others.