A Ghanaian fishing boat, the Panofi Frontier, was attacked and its crew taken hostage.

The ship is said to have fished in the waters of Benin when it was attacked by pirates who captured six crew members, five Koreans and one Ghanaian.

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The pirate target was unclear, but a high-level source close to the company that owned the ship, Panofi Company Limited, disclosed that the pirates were heading towards Nigeria.

This incident was reported to the Ghana Navy and other security agencies.

Pirate attacks on the Gulf of Guinea is increasingly becoming popular

Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea are increasingly becoming popular which has been an issue of concern to the maritime authorities in the region.

The recent attacks have become more widespread and violent.

A report by the International Bureau on Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships indicts that there were at least 10 separate pirate attacks off the coast of Ghana between 2015 and 2019.

The Gulf of Guinea has been classified as a hotspot for piracy and represents a large part of the seizure and abduction of ships globally, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

 

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