Published: Monday 24 September, 2018

Seven Filipino Seamen & 5 Others Abducted by Pirates from Ship Off Nigeria

Pinoy seamen

Whereabouts of Pinoy seamen kidnapped in Nigeria remain unknown. (Al Jazeera)

Twelve crew members of a ship, including 7 Filipinos, were abducted by pirates is the waters off Nigeria. The Pinoy seamen were kidnapped on Saturday but their identities have been withheld. the five others were from Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia.

The Filipino seamen were on their Swiss cargo ship MV Glarus when pirates attacked and abducted the crew. The ship was travelling between the cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt laden with wheat in the waters off Bonny Island when it was attacked, according to a Reuters report.

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No ransom has been demanded as of this writing ad the fate and whereabouts of the victims are yet unknown, according to Sunday Umoren of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

According to Reuters, kidnapping by pirates is a common problem in Nigeria. They prey mostly on ships ferrying oil on busy route in the Gulf of Guinea. In recent years, many attacks have been reported and dozens of seafarers abducted, said Wikipedia.

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea affects a number of countries in West Africa as well as the wider international community. By 2011, it had become an issue of global concern. Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are often part of heavily armed criminal enterprises, who employ violent methods to steal oil cargo. In 2012, the International Maritime Bureau, Oceans Beyond Piracy and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program reported that the number of vessels attacks by West African pirates had reached a world high, with 966 seafarers attacked during the year. According to the Control Risks Group, pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea had by mid-November 2013 maintained a steady level of around 100 attempted hijackings in the year, a close second behind Southeast Asia.

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