Pirates Abduct 10 Crew Members from Cargo Vessel in Niger Delta

No fewer than 10 crew members have been abducted by pirates who attacked a cargo vessel near the Pennington FPSO off the coast of the Niger River Delta.

Praesidium International said the attack took place on Thursday off Escravos when the vessel was on her way to Cameroon from Koko, Delta State.

The vessel was said to have at about 2000 hours, slowed, drifted until around 0530 hours the following morning.

According to Praesidium, the attack was attributed to the unrest on the shores of the Niger Delta, adding that the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers may have been linked to the abduction.

Praesidium said the high powerful forces on the high seas may have pushed the pirate groups to embark on a retreat to Nigerian inshore waters where there is light policing.

Praesidium was quoted saying, “The multiple interventions by the Italian Navy frigate Martinengo deep offshore could possibly push the (pirate action groups) to draw their attention to softer targets located closer to the West African shoreline where international navies have less operational capabilities due to the legal framework.”

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