Denmark: Nigerian man convicted of sea piracy seeks asylum

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The local Danish press reported today that a Nigerian man seeking refuge in Denmark has been convicted by the Danish judiciary for endangering the lives of soldiers during a gunfight in the Gulf of Guinea. In addition, he is suspected of being a pirate.

For humanitarian reasons, Denmark repatriated the 41-year-old called Lucky and tried him for the offenses committed.

Lucky was arrested on the evening of 24 November 2021, when sea pirates opened fire on a Danish navy helicopter that was on patrol.

Some pirates were killed, and others were arrested by the Danish military and then released into the sea. Lucky was arrested at the scene of the clash after being hurt in the leg due to an exchange of fire.

Lucky is now illegally staying in a return center in Denmark. He was convicted but not sentenced to prison.

He told Danish television that he could not work or return to Africa because he could not do so with one leg.

The Gulf of Guinea, which has always been a favorite place for pirates, has seen a considerable drop in piracy due to the joint efforts of coastal countries and European states. The number of piracy incidents has dropped from 52 in 2011 to about 20 last November, according to the Maritime Information Cooperation & Awareness Center.

Jihan Rmili

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