Some pirates have reportedly kidnapped the 12 crew members on a ship travelling between Lagos and Port Harcourt.
The ship’s operator told Reuters that the attack happened on Saturday around 45 nautical miles South-West of Bonny Island.
The abducted crew members were identified as nationals of Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Bosnia.
An official of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Sunday Umoren, was quoted by Reuters to have said seven of those abducted were from the Philippines and one from each of the other five countries.
“They are still missing,” Umoren, who heads maritime safety at NIMASA, said.
The number of seafarers taken hostage in the Gulf of Guineau – the region where the attack took place – rose from 52 in 2016 to 75 last year, said Jake Longworth, senior analyst at EOS Risk Group, in a report published in July.
He said that although the number of people kidnapped was similar in the two years, there was a trend for pirates to take more hostages in each attack. Longworth said 35 seafarers were kidnapped for ransom in the region in the first half of 2018.