Nigerian pirate arrested in South Africa, handed over to Dutch authorities

Authorities in South Africa has arrested a Nigerian pirate linked to the Dutch-flagged freight ship hijack in 2018 and he has been handed over to Dutch authorities.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the 29-year-old Nigerian suspect has been sentenced to two weeks jail sentence as investigation continues and the identity of the suspect has not been disclosed.

According to reports, the Nigerian pirate was arrested late last year in South Africa and flown to the Netherlands on Thursday, December 5.

He was accused of being one of the pirates who hijacked the FWN Rapide which was sailing under a Dutch flag in April last year off the coast of western Africa.

While reacting to the incident, the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service disclosed in its statement that 11 of the ship’s 14-strong crew were taken hostage and held in the jungles of Nigeria and Cameroon before being released in May 2018 after the shipping company paid a ransom.

A Dutch Judge ordered that the Nigerian man be remanded in prison while investigation continues after a closed door hearing on Friday December 6.

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