Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Five Indian sailors kidnapped off Delta freed

26 January 2013, 17:56

Abuja - Five Indian sailors kidnapped when their ship was attacked off the coast of Nigeria last month have been released, the vessel's operating company said on Saturday.

Pirates looted the SP Brussels, an oil and chemicals tanker, on December 17 about 40 miles off the coast of the Niger Delta, a vast wetlands region home to Africa's largest energy industry.

"Five crew members who were taken from the vessel by armed men ... have been released," Medallion Marine said in a statement. "All five are reported to be in good health after their ordeal."

There were no details on how they were freed but in the past ransoms have been paid. The Nigerian navy had no immediate comment.

Piracy and kidnapping in Nigeria's oil-producing Delta and offshore are common. The Gulf of Guinea is second only to the waters off Somalia for the risk of pirate attacks, which drives up shipping and oil industry costs.

Nigeria is among the world's top 10 crude oil exporters and imports around 80 percent of the fuel products needed for its 160 million people due to a lack of domestic refining capacity.


- Reuters

 

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Gone but not fallen: Tribute to C...

To the list of our recent heroes, departed but not fallen adds one more martyr; one more mighty warrior, Colonel Kabiru Salisu. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
US: African Star Amida Brimah’s U...

The UConn Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to win the NCAA Final four title with the team that includes African, Amida Brimah.  Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
There is no more Boko Haram, it's...

Top level military men in the Nigerian army have claimed that the Boko Haram attacks have been orchestrated by the military.  Read more...

Submitted by
G_STICKS
God Bless Nigeria

Nigeria is a country that is blessed, but the evil ones are trying to corrupt and destroy it. Read more...

Submitted by
Osuji Eric
The politics of Imo State

The politics in Imo State of Nigeria has became a national cake where everybody came and collected his own share.  Read more...

Submitted by
Moses Frank
$458 million to become a weapon o...

The $458 million of the Abacha loot would become a weapon of mass destruction if it is given to Nigeria by the US. Read more...