The Russian embassy in Nigeria has confirmed seven Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been kidnapped after an attack on the German MPP vessel BBC Caribbean. The incident happened on February 5. Efforts are now being made to locate the seafarers and begin dialogue with the kidnappers.
It comes as attacks in the area have picked up in recent days with the Nigerian navy reporting three separate piracy attempts in the past five days.
Nigeria is looking to pass an anti-piracy law whereby the country will boost surveillance and intelligence on Nigerian waters.