The abandoned shipwrecks lay in Lagos’ waterways, Nigeria. AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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Oladele, a 30-year-old who did not want to publicize his real name, has plied the waters on his boat since he was 15 .Scores of shipwrecks in Lagos' waterways, coastal waters and on the shores of its beaches have turned parts of its shoreline into a marine cemetery.In Kiri-Kiri, the lagoon corridor, scores of wrecks and discarded ship scrap provide useful cover to hide illicit goods and barrels of oil and gas. From there, the waters offer an easy route up the Lagos coast to Benin and beyond. Hundreds of ships wait for days on the horizon of the Gulf of Guinea to get into the port and discharge their goods. On the way in and out they pass the skeletons of scuttled and abandoned ships, some of which have capsized because of the effects on the tides of the wrecks.Yet there are also suspicions that amid lax marine regulation, companies treat Lagos' waters as a ship refuse site, avoiding incurring the expense of disposing of old vessels.
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