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Pirates abduct 6 Russian Sailors off west Africa coast

Six Russian Sailors have been abducted by pirates off the coast of Benin republic, the Russian Embassy in the West African nation said on Saturday. Among those taken hostage was the captain of the vessel, the embassy said, adding that all of the sailors have “vanished.’’ The abductees were Russian nationals. There were

Pirates kidnap eleven crew from ship off Nigeria coast

Pirates boarded a container ship off the coast of Nigeria, seizing 11 crew including eight from Poland, according the vessel's management firm and Polish state media. The attackers struck the MV Pomerania Sky, bound for the Nigerian port of Onne, early on Saturday and abducted 11 of the crew, Midocean (IOM)

Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss ship off Nigerian coast

Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel around 45 nautical miles southwest of Bonny Island, the ship's operator has said in a statement. Massoel Shipping, the operator of MV Glarus, said on Saturday that the vessel carrying wheat was travelling between the southwestern commercial capital Lagos and

Nigerian Navy needs $250m to refit NNS Aradu – Ibas

As Amaechi says Nigeria spending $186m to battle sea piracy The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas, says the Nigerian Navy needs 250 million dollars to refit its war ship, NNS ARADU, for maritime operations. Ibas, however, told journalists at the navy’s 61st anniversary celebrations in Lagos on

Nigeria approves $186 million for anti-piracy operations

The Nigerian government has approved a 186 million emergency budget to fund the acquisition of new military aircraft, patrol boats and armoured personnel carriers that will be deployed on anti-piracy operations. Details of the planned expenditure were released by Transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi last week when he addressed a conference that

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