Following the piracy attack onboard the Cameroonian-flagged general cargo ship M/V STEVIA back on December 16, 2020, Nigerian pirates released all crew from captivity.
To remind, the vessel was in transit from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, when Nigerian pirates kidnapped eight crew members.
According to local sources, there were 15 seafarers onboard, when armed pirates took eight of them hostage heading to unknown direction. In fact, six of them were Ukrainian nationals and two Albanian nationals.
As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted on Instagram, the sailors who were captured by Nigerian pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, have been released from captivity.
For the records, all of the cargo vessel’s crew had been held captive for month and a half.
“Our citizens are safe, and we are waiting for their return home as soon as possible. Thanks to Ukrainian diplomats and all those who were involved in the release of our compatriots”.
…as Volodymyr Zelensky concluded.