Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea Sign Agreement On Joint Security Patrols

Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea Sign Agreement On Joint Security Patrols
March 15 20:29 2016

Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday in Malabo signed an agreement on the establishment of a combined Maritime Policing and Security Patrol Committee.

The conclusion and signing of the agreement is expected to enhance security  in the Gulf of Guinea and help in curbing  maritime crimes such as piracy, crude oil theft, sabotage of oil rigs and arms smuggling.

According to a communiqué issued at the end of President Buhari’s visit to Malabo, both countries also  agreed to discuss greater cooperation on oil and gas production  and a bilateral trade agreement.

It was further agreed that the Nigeria-Equatorial Guinea Joint Commission will be revived  from its present state of dormancy and empowered to play its proper role in the strengthening of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

“President Muhammadu Buhari and President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo  expressed satisfaction with the atmosphere of trust and solidarity that now exists between their countries,” a statement signed by Presidential  spokesman, Garba Shehu read in part

In their talks during the two-day visit, the two leaders discussed sub-regional, regional and international issues including terrorism, violent extremism and the state of the global economy, especially as it affects Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

According to the statement, they also discussed the crises in some African countries and efforts by the African Union to achieve peace, stability and progress across the continent.