Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, has taken steps to effect the release of a captain and four crew members of a Polish cargo vessel who were abducted off Nigeria’s coast a few days ago.
The Nigerian Navy and other security agencies at NIMASA’s prompting have also commenced a spirited search for the abducted crew with a view, not only to free them, but also bring the perpetrators to book.
The pirates took the five hostages and left11crew members when they struck the vessel, MV SZAFIR, on Friday, November 27, at approximately seven nautical miles east of Brass at about 0149 hours local time. The vessel is operating under the Cyprus flag.
Registered with IMO No.9004504, the vessel which is owned by Voltaire Shipping Company and operated by Euroafrica Services Nigeria Limited had a total of 16 crew members and was en-route Onne port from Antwerp before it was attacked.
Consequently, it has been put under the protective custody of NIMASA/Nigerian Navy at Onne, even as investigation has intensified.


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