By Jonathan Ugbal
Sea pirates have kidnapped five people from a Cameroonian ship ‘Donna Simop’ along the Calabar Channel in Cross River state.
Police sources say the incident happened on Monday night near Parrot Island reports AFP.
“Information so far at our disposal is that the hoodlums came in four speedboats, attacked the vessel and abducted five men aboard,” a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Dirk Steffen, a maritime security specialist at Risk Intelligence, added: “The vessel in question is the Cameroon-flagged general cargo ship Donna Simop.
“Information available to us suggests that four Cameroonian crew members and a Nigerian passenger were kidnapped,” he said in an email exchange.
Another maritime security consultancy, Sea Guardian, corroborated the attack while the Nigerian navy was not immediately available to comment.