Weekly Maritime Security Report


West Africa 

Nigeria: Update: Pirates kidnap two officers, three crew from vessel off Bonny

2 August

Pirates who boarded the Panama-flagged merchant vessel Oya 1 some 15 nm southwest of Bonny Island on 30 July kidnapped two officers and three crew members. The Nigerian navy towed the ship to a safe port for investigation following the attack. There were no immediate ransom demands reported. Niger Delta-based pirates frequently stage kidnap-at-sea attacks.


PGI Analysis: The incident provides additional details on the 30 July kidnapping of five crew off Bonny Island, including information on the vessel targeted and the roles of the crew who were abducted, although their nationalities were not disclosed. The abduction by Niger Delta-based pirates took place despite heightened security measures by the Nigerian navy and an amnesty programme for former militants. 


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