Maritime Crime and Piracy

In recent years, the Gulf of Guinea has experienced an escalation of piracy, kidnapping and armed robbery at sea incidents. Very few incidents result in arrests, investigations, prosecutions and trials. The total costs of piracy are estimated to $ 818.1 million. With more than 90% of global trade carried out by sea, the economic effects on countries like Nigeria and its trading partners are especially burdensome.

Our work

UNODC, therefore, continues to support the Nigerian Government and its relevant agencies through legal and policy advisory services, training of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges, mentoring and other capacity building measures in tackling piracy and other forms of maritime crime more effectively. 

Our partners

Key partners for UNODC's work in this area include, among others, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Department of Public Prosecution in the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigeria Customs Administration and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Our projects

UNODC's Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) works worldwide to support states in addressing maritime crime and foster international cooperation among states to tackle crimes that are often of a transnational nature.  The Global Programme has been supported by numerous states including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as by the Arsenault Foundation, the European Union and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund.