In a major development, 3 Lebanese seafarers kidnapped by Nigerian Pirates in late November have been released, announced the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday. The 3 seafarers were taken hostage by Nigerian Pirates while their cargo ship was transiting through the Nigerian waters.
The pirates had demanded $1.3 million for the release crew that they had taken hostage. It remains unclear whether this release happened after getting the ransom.
Crew Awaits Transit To Home
The Nigerian Ambassador, Houssam Diab informed about the release in a statement given to the ministry. The Ambassador informed that the men will soon return to Lebanon as soon as departure procedures are completed. They are all keeping well.
Earlier Lebanese news sites had reported that the Ambassador briefed Charbel Wahba, the Lebanese Foreign Minister of the caretaker government that pirates have released the Milano 1 cargo ship crew.
The Lebanese owner of the ship Ahmad Al-Kout also revealed that 10 crew members have been released. This includes 3 Lebanese seafarers and 2 Egyptian seafarers.