Pirates reportedly stormed two passenger boats off the Nigerian coast at a location on the high seas called "Yellow Platform" and kidnapped 24 passengers on Thursday, September 26. It remains unclear if an investigation has been launched.
The waters off of Nigeria's oil-rich coast have been a hotspot for piracy incidents over the past decade. Pirates often kidnap crew for ransom and sometimes siphon off the petroleum products.
Maritime travelers in the region are advised to remain vigilant for the approach of suspicious ships while aboard vessels, monitor developments to the regional security environment, and report all incidents to the nearest authorities. Pirates and other criminals are often armed; do not resist if confronted.
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