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Tanker hijacked in Nigerian waters by terrorists, threatening blow up vessel and crew

Jan. 31, 2016 at 14:22 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

News in Nigerian media were published in the afternoon Jan 31, according to which a foreign vessel was hijacked in Nigerian waters on Jan 29 by a group of terrorists who’re threatening to blow up vessel with all crew, if group’s demand won’t be met by Nigerian authorities:

A group of ex-militants in support of the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has claimed responsibility for the hijack of a ship on Friday ( Jan 29 ?) along the Bakassi Pennisula Nigeria coastal line.
The group, which recently gave the Federal Government a 31-day ultimatum to release Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader and Director of Radio Biafra, said the concerned Niger Delta agitators were abreast with the incarceration of Kanu.
Spokesperson of the group, who gave his name as General Ben, threatened that they would blow up the vessel with the expatriates onboard, if the government continues to dilly-dally over Kanu’s release.
Speaking in Port Harcourt yesterday, the group’s spokesperson declared that they would not wait till the end of the ultimatum, before showing their seriousness.
Ben stated: “We cannot wait till the end of the 31 days to tell the Federal Government that we are serious. The vessel and the crew are under custody.
And any noise, any delay from government, we will blow up everything. We will blow the vessel and everybody in the vessel will go down. “We are not interested in the country that owns the vessel. What we know is that the vessel was coming to Nigeria to lift oil. We are not interested;; once it is blown up, let the country and Nigeria resolve the matter.
Tony John, Port Harcourt
http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nnamdi-kanu-ex-militants-seize-vessel/


Comment:
No vessel’s details revealed, but judging from terrorists statement, it’s a crude oil tanker, of consequently, big proportions, LT or aframax or suezmax, or maybe even VLCC, with at least 15-20 crew on board.
Anyone knowing any details, first of all vessel’s name, number and nationalities of the crew, please share the information: vmd@odin.tc
Voytenko Mikhail

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