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This dissertation is a study of maritime law enforcement against piracy and armed robbery at sea in Nigeria. It identifies the challenges of combatting the offences by examining national and regional law enforcement measures.
Theresearchexaminesthetrendsinpiracyandthecausesofpiracy.Theinternational, nationalandregionallegalframeworkinplacetocombatpiracyandarmedrobberyat sea are further outlined and analysed with emphasis on their applicability and their gaps. Law enforcement measures carried out by national maritime institutions are evaluated in order to identify gaps in the measures and to explore the reasons for the gaps. The research examines cooperative response against piracy and armed robbery at sea at the regional level in order to assess their effectiveness andshortcomings.
The challenges of combatting piracy and armed robbery at sea in Nigeria and at the regionallevelareidentifiedaswellastheeffortsmadebytheNigeriangovernmentto reduce the challenges. The conclusion of this research is that, although efforts are in place to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea both in Nigeria and at the regional level,moreeffortisneededespeciallyintheaspectofprovisionoflawsatthenational level and coordination between regionalinitiatives.
Key Words – Enforcement, Combatting, Measures, Trends, Causes, Gaps, Challenges, Efforts