Turkish sailors kidnapped last month off Nigeria arrive home

A group of 10 Turkish sailors who were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria last month were released on Friday August 9th, arriving at the Turkish embassy in Abuja on August 10th and returned to Turkey early on Sunday.

Armed pirates took 10 Turkish sailors hostage after attacking general cargo ship Paksoy-1 (IMO 9081992) in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria during the evening of Saturday July 13th, while she was en route in ballast from Douala, Cameroon to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The 8,900 dwt ship was boarded 230 km off the town of Brass.

Turkish Ambassador to Abuja Melih Ulueren told Anadolu News Agency that “our citizens spent last (Friday) night in the south. They could not reach the airport due to flooding, but they eventually reached it this morning and have arrived in Abuja”.

All the sailors were reported to be in good health. It was unclear who kidnapped the men or if a ransom had been paid.

1997-built, Turkey-flagged, 5,798 gt Paksoy-1 is owned and managed by Kadioglu Denizcilik of Istanbul, Turkey