Nigeria has dispatched a patrol boat with a detachment of special forces to try and resolve a hostage situation in neighbouring Benin.
Yesterday the Portuguese-flagged containership Tommi Ritscher was boarded by pirates at the Cotonou anchorage in Benin with 11 crew making it to the vessel’s citadel and another eight taken hostage onboard.
Security consultants Dryad Global reports a speedboat approached the Transeste Schiffaht-owned ship with pirates then boarding. However, a nearby naval patrol vessel spotted the speedboat, which then fled, leaving the pirates on the boxship with hostages in a tense standoff.
Two naval vessels are currently at the scene.