The Stevia cargo ship in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria was seized by pirates. The pirates abducted 8 crew members, reports Assafina Magazine.
Of the eight hostages, six were Ukrainians, according to the Seafarers Journal (captain, chief mate, 2nd mate, chief mech, electrician and wiper). The daughter of one of the sailors captured said her father was serving as a chief mate on the STEVIA vessel. No information is given on the part of the ship owner and agent. She obtained assurance from one of the sailors on board that her father had been captured.
"On December 16, in Nigeria, 8 people (6 Ukrainians) were taken prisoner from the cargo ship STEVIA, the owners of which have become the Albanians since May 2020. Among the hostages is my dad, Semen Reznichenko, the senior mate of the captain," the daughter of one of the sailors said.
The vessel, registered in Cameroon, was en route from southern Nigeria to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, when local Nigerian pirates were believed to have attacked it. According to the analyst report, this is the 27th kidnapping case in the area in 2020, with 138 individuals abducted by pirates.