Posted on October 30, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
The 12 crew members of the Swiss cargo ship, MV Glarus, who were originally kidnapped in Nigeria in mid-September, were released on the 26th of October according to Swiss authorities.
This release followed negotiations between the ship’s operator, Massoel Shipping, and pirates belonging to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
According to a statement released by Massoel, all members have been freed and were taken to Switzerland, where they will be interviewed and receive psychological support.
The shipping company did not wish to provide any further information as to how they secured the release of the crew, as they feel that any such information would further encourage attacks of a similar nature.
The kidnapping originally took place on September the 22nd , some 45 nautical miles southwest of Bonny Island. The MV Glarus was attacked while en-route to deliver wheat from Lagos to Port Hancock.
The pirates boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders, cutting the razor wire as to get access to the deck, before destroying the vessel’s communication equipment.
The region has seen an increase in hostage-takings off the coast of Nigeria since last year, and hostage takings are known to have grown more violent.