Ghana is sending its navy and air force on patrols to help fight piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, according to local media reports.

The joint patrols will focus on the country's eastern territorial waters and be dispatched immediately, The Chronicle said, citing a "highly placed security source" within the government.

Kidnapping off commercial ships in the Gulf of Guinea is increasingly becoming a problem for the industry, with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reporting 77 seafarers taken off their ships in the first six months of 2020, with 90% of those incidents in the West African waters.