A shipping company, Kadioglu Denizcilik on Tuesday raised the alarm, that 10 Turkish sailors had been abducted and taken hostage of, by armed pirates, off the coast of Nigeria Tuesday, leaving eight others safely aboard the ship.
Kadioglu said its Turkish-flagged Paksoy-1 cargo ship was attacked in the Gulf of Guinea as it sailed from Cameroun to Ivory Coast without freight.
“According to initial information, there were no injuries or casualties.
“Efforts for all our personnel to be safely released continue,’’ the company said in a statement, speaking to reporters.
The spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party said the government was closely following the matter and called for the immediate release of the sailors to safety. He declined to give further details.
Kidnappings and piracy for ransom in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea are common.
Only last week, the International Maritime Bureau described the Gulf of Guinea as the most dangerous area in the world for piracy, noting that 73 per cent of all sea kidnappings and 92 per cent of hostage-takings took place in the Gulf of Guinea.