Navy arrests six pirates, recover oil vessel

In line with its zero tolerance to illegalities in the maritime domain, operatives of the Nigerian Navy (NN) have arrested six suspected pirates, of Ghanaian and Nigerian nationalities, who hijacked an oil vessel  off the Coast of Cote D’Ivoire, ThisDay reports.

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The pirates were later arrested off the Coast of Sao Tome after a gun exchange with naval forces, that left one of the pirates dead. They had hijacked a Saudi Arabian tanker, MT MAXIMUS, chartered by a South Korean company.

It was learnt that the vessel, which was renamed MT ELVIS-5 by the pirates, was loaded with 4700 metric tons of AGO. Confirming the arrest, the Chief of Naval Training and Operations (CTOP), Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, said the naval team was highly professional and was cautious to avoid fire outbreak.

 

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