Nimasa Confirms Hijack of Vessel, Pledges Speedy Passage of Anti-Piracy Bill

The Director General (DG), Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, has confirmed the hijack of a Liberian chemical tanker, MT Sampatiki with five crew members onboard at Excravos, Delta state.

The vessel was reported to have arrived Port Harcourt on March 21, 2016 heavily loaded with gas oil and was allowed to sail out of the port on March 24.

The federal government was informed of the hijacking incidence on March 26.

According to the DG, the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has given instructions to the Agency to investigate the incidence with a view to rescuing the abducted crew and recovering the vessel.

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