Ghanaian authorities believe that Nigerian pirates abducted five crewmembers of the Marine 711 fishing vessel, including three Korean officers and a Greek citizen.
On Monday night, nine pirates boarded the ship in a speedboat while leaving in search of bait. The attackers captured 711 of the navy for 12 hours and drove them to the waters off Togo, east of Ghana. They left the ship in front of Togo and left with their prisoners.
The Navy 711 was brought back by the Ghanaian Navy and taken to the port of Tema on Wednesday. The hijackers left about 40 other crewmembers on board, including several who reported being beaten or tortured during the attack. These victims are treated at the local hospital.
Maritime piracy is a common occurrence in the Gulf of Guinea, particularly near the Niger Delta, where coastal gangs are often engaged in attacking product tankers and high seas vessels. In the last two weeks, the ICC of the IMF received five complaints of theft or piracy in the area, including another hijacking of fishing boats that kidnapped two crewmembers.
The other incidents included two attacks in which pirates opened fire on a moving ship and another in which pirates attempted to hijack an anchored ship.