Kidnappers release 9 seafarers abducted off Cotonou 

Kidnappers release 9 seafarers abducted off Cotonou 


The nine crew members that were kidnapped from MV Bonita off Cotonou, Benin Republic, early November have been released, after 35 days in captivity, Norwegian shipowner J.J. Ugland informed. 

Following the release on December 6, the seafarers went through medical examinations and were all declared fit for travel.

“After being safely transported out of Nigeria, the crew members have now safely arrived in Manila, Philippines, to reunite with their families and colleagues,” the company said.

“Representatives from Ugland headquarters’ in Grimstad, Norway, and other parties have been actively engaged in the process of bringing the hostages home and have been present both in Nigeria and the Philippines.”

The terms of the crew’s release have not been disclosed.

“We are truly happy that the nine crew members are now reunited with their families and have their wellbeing at heart. I would on behalf of the company like to sincerely thank all parties that have contributed to resolving this difficult situation,” President Øystein Beisland added.