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Security experts discuss Gulf of Guinea terror threat

ACCRA, GHANA – As the Sahel region continues to deteriorate under constant pressure from extremism, jihadist and others, several security experts from France, the United States and West Africa gathered in Abidjan to discuss anti-terrorism measures in the Gulf of Guinea.

Organizers say the three-day seminar aims at identifying the risks of terrorism in the Gulf of Guinea which is a gigantic stretch of water from Liberia to Gabon.

According to Interpol’s reporting, the Gulf of Guinea has become one of Africa’s hotspots for the commission of a crime, including piracy, illegal fishing, armed robbery, offshore oil theft and trafficking in stolen goods.

Sources say participants attending the workshop are expected to discuss and analyze measures dealing with and in counter-terrorism, private securities companies, and pooled intelligence.

The workshop is organized by the Ivorian-based Institute for Interregional Maritime Security (ISMI).

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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