Nigerian Navy to Search for Abducted Crew of Polish Vessel

Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA) ordered the rescue of crew members abducted on the Polish cargo vessel MV Szafir on November 28.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna Baba Jauro has directed a full-scale investigation and search for the captain and four crew members of a Polish cargo vessel who were abducted from the vessel off Nigeria’s coast. The rest of the crew, eleven persons, were left on the vessel after the abduction.

The vessel MV Szafir, operating under the Cyprus flag, was reportedly attacked on Friday, November 27, approximately seven nautical miles east of Brass, Nigeria.

Registered with IMO No.9004504, the vessel which is owned by Voltaire Shipping Company and operated by Euroafrica Services Nigeria Limited had a total of 16 crew members and was en route to Onne port from Antwerp before it was attacked.

The vessel has been recovered by NIMASA and is currently being sailed to Onne port under the Nigerian Navy escort for protection and further investigation.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Navy and other security Agencies have commenced a search for the abducted crew with the goal of rescuing the crew and apprehending the perpetrators.

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