Maritime Security News: Apologies, I thought I posted this yesterday, but clearly didn’t!
By Eugene Agha
Lagos — Strong indications emerged yesterday that a group of pirates collected 400,000 US dollars (about N88 million) as ransom before they freed the three foreigners kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria on February 3.
Until they were kidnapped, the two Greeks and a Pakistani worked on board a Greek oil tanker, VLCC Kalamos.
They were kidnapped three weeks ago off the coast of Nigeria in a bloody attack on the tanker.
A reliable source told Daily Trust that the management of the vessel paid $400,000 as ransom to secure the release of the three seafarers.
Aeolus Management, owner of the Maltese-flagged VLCC Kalamos, in a statement, said the seafarers had been flown to their countries to recover from their “traumatic experiences”.
The firm said no details would be released on how they were freed since it might encourage further attacks and hostage taking off the coast of Nigeria.
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