Navy recover vessel used by hijackers

Four months after pirates hijacked an oil tanker, MT MAXIMUS, the Nigerian Navy (NN) has recovered a rogue vessel, MT DEJIKUN used by the pirates.

Navy operatives had rescued the hijacked ship and some of its crew members last February off the coast of Cote D’Ivoire in an operation that left a pirate dead and six others arrested.

However, some of the pirates have reportedly fled, abducting two crew members of MT MAXIMUS and siphoning the 4,700 tonnes of diesel the oil tanker was carrying.

But the Navy with the help of its Beninnois counterpart recovered the vessel which was abandoned by the fleeing suspects in that country.

Briefing reporters at the Naval Dockyard, Apapa where the rogue vessel berthed, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Fergusson Bobai, said the owner of the vessel, Mustapha Sani has also been arrested.

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