A Typical Niger Delta Pirates
About 10 sailors of Turkish nationalities are said to have been abducted and taken to an unknown place by armed gunmen who stormed a Turkey flagged ship on Saturday evening.
The incident is reported to have occurred off the coast of Nigeria, and its the notorious Niger Delta militants who are the major suspect of the crime.
The ship named Paksoy-1, was on a voyage from the Port of Douala in Cameroon to Abidjan when the unfortunate incident occurred.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry while reacting to the ugly incident said effort is being intensified to free the ten kidnap sailors.
A statement by the Turkish’s foreign ministry said: “The ship which the pirates left has been taken to Tema Harbor (Ghana), and the necessary initiatives are taken with Nigerian and Ghanaian authorities for the release of our abducted citizens.
“As a result of the attack, some of the crew members, who are Turkish nationals, have been abducted by the pirates.”
The attacked ship is said to be operated by Kadioglu Maritime. The ship had 18 crew on board at the time it was attacked by pirates suspected to be militants in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.
The Turkish government confirmed the incident and assured it was working with necessary authorities and security agencies to secure the release of the kidnapped sailors.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Ghana, Ozlem Ulueren, told Turkish News Agency (TNA), Anadolu, that the vessel had reached Ghana’s Tema Harbour with eight crew members on Monday.
Also, speaking on the issue, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party, Omer Celik, said the country’s foreign ministry and intelligence services were “intensely working” on the issue.
According to NTV, the gunmen on speed boats attacked the cargo and abducted the sailors. The kidnappers neither have yet to demand a ransom nor contacted any of the relevant authorities including relatives of their victims.