INCIDENT OVER – ONGOING THREAT TO VESSELS IN AREA
Event: Sighting of Suspicious Craft
Date and Time: 21 April 2021, 0939hrs UTC
Location: 165nm S of Lagos, Nigeria EEZ
Position: 03°41’N, 003°33’E
Distance from Shore: Approx. 165nm
Number of Perpetrators: About 8
Number of Craft: 1 skiff with 2 outboard engines
Weapons Seen: Not reported
Equipment Seen: Ladders
Description: Following the approach on a containership 200nm S of Lagos on 20 April 2021, an Italian Naval frigate nearby identified a skiff with ladders onboard. The frigate’s helicopter
followed the skiff which was on a course of 240° at 50kts. Skiff is black/dark in colour, 2 grey outbound engines and a red flag/cloth at the rear of the vessel, with about 8 persons onboard with a ladder.
UPDATE 1: According to reports from naval assets, skiff is reported to have reached Nigerian territorial waters at 04°54’N, 005°26’E, near the entry to the Dodo river.