No word on foreign crew members kidnapped in Nigeria

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THERE is no trace of six crew members that pirates kidnapped offshore Nigeria recently.
Authorities said almost a week after the incident, there was no contact with the kidnappers yet.
Four Philippine citizens, a Ukrainian and a Hungarian citizen were kidnapped.
The ship and its remaining 12 crew members have since left the vicinity of Nigeria, a government spokesperson said.
The government of Hungary has since confirmed there is no information as yet with relation to the fact that the kidnappers had issued any demands.
“For this reason, we do not wish to comment on whether the (Hungarian) government will be willing to pay a ransom,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó.
He confirmed the government was working on a solution to the matter using all possible consular and diplomatic means and in cooperation with the Counter Terrorism Centre.
Nigeria, the continent’s biggest producer of crude oil, is contending with kidnap gangs that mostly target diplomats in exchange of ransom.
It is argued the payment of such ransom for the release of victims spurs the abductors to continue their crimes.
CAJ News

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