A Nigerian court on Wednesday passed the country’s first convictions under new anti-piracy legislation related to the hijacking of an oil tanker in the Gulf of Guinea in March.
The Nigerian Navy spokesman Suleman Dahun said that three people were fined 20 million naira each, according to the Voice of Nigeria station.
He also explained in detail that the nine participants in the kidnapping of the “MV Elobey VI” with the flag of Equatorial Guinea demanded the payment of two million dollars (approximately 1.7 million euros), of which they finally received 200,000 dollars (approximately) 170,000 euros).
Piracy continues to decline worldwide, but the Gulf of Guinea remains a high risk area where kidnappings and thefts take place. The Nigerian authorities hope this law will help contain these incidents, despite analysts questioning its effectiveness.