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Ukrainian sailor captured by Nigerian pirates, - MFA

Three Ukrainians were aboard MV Glarus vessel at the moment of assault. One of them is taken hostage, two more are on the vessel on the parking for ships in the area of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
20:50, 24 September 2018

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One of 12 members of the crew of Swiss trade vessel MV Glarus captured by pirates in the territorial waters of Nigeria, is the citizen of Ukraine. The press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported.

‘A pirate assault on trade vessel MV Glarus with the crew of 19, including three Ukrainian citizens, took place in Nigerian waters on September 22, 2018. As a result of the pirates’ assault, 12 members of the crew including one Ukrainian citizen were captured,’ reads the message.

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The Ministry notified that the vessel is on the parking for ships in the area of Port Harcourt, Nigeria with the seven members of the crew, including two Ukrainian citizens who are aboard.

‘The Ukrainian Embassy to Nigeria is commissioned to establish contact with the ship-owner, Nigerian law enforcement bodies to obtain information about taken measures for the release of the detained Ukrainian sailor, and also the other two Ukrainians who left on the vessel in order to provide necessary aid,’ the MFA claimed.

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The message reads that the case is being specially monitored by the Department of Consular Service of the Ukrainian MFA and the Embassy of Ukraine to Nigeria.

Reportedly, MV Glarus vessel, which was carrying a wheat left Lagos, Nigeria and headed to Port Harcourt.

The pirates boarded the vessel on the way to the southwest of Bonny Island having captured 12 crew members out of 19.

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