Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe says his country seeks collaboration with Nigeria on ways to curb maritime crimes, including piracy and oil thefts in the West Africa sub-region. He visited President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria's federal capital territory. Gnassingbe said he also came to discuss with Buhari ways to combat terrorism in West Africa.
“What we are doing here to fight terrorism in Nigeria is to promote security in the African continent. Security is a big issue within our sub region, we saw what happened in Mali and all the recent conflict in our region in the last 10 or 20 years. We pray that God will help Nigeria overcome.
“I am also here to inform the President that Togo is hosting a summit on maritime security and development in November. That summit will deal with issues of piracy and we know that one of the problems of Nigeria is the theft of oil through the sea, the summit will also deal with illicit trafficking in the sea, like drug trafficking, human trafficking and also deal with the issues of pollution of our water. Toxic things are poured in the water killing the ecosystem in our African seas,” he stated.