When pirates kidnapped the crew of an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria, it was just the latest incident in a major piracy issue on the country's waterways. DW's Fanny Facsar followed the problem and the attempts to solve it in the Niger Delta.
Armed gunmen had kidnapped the eight members of the Happy Lady tanker crew on New Year's Eve. A Greek official said the group of eight was released after "the successful end of negotiations."
Pirates boarded the Greek oil tanker Elka Aristotle early on Monday morning and seized four hostages. Greek authorities are monitoring the incident.
The latest figures from the International Maritime Bureau confirm the rising threat of piracy in Nigerian waters. In response, the navy is changing its strategy, a security analyst tells DW.
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