oil tankerThe four suspected pirates, who hijacked an oil vessel, MT Norte, car-rying 17,000 metric tons of Petrol Motor Spirit (PMS) in the Gulf of Guinea on August 15, will soon be presented to appropriate quarters for prosecution.

Speaking with reporters during his tour of some facilities of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta State, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, said the Navy had concluded investigation on the suspects.

The vessel was saved by five naval gunboats and NNS OBULA from the Central and Western Naval Command on August 17.

In the rescue operation, 12 of the 16 sea pirates were allegedly killed in a gun duel and four others were arrested.

Giving an insight into how the ship was rescued, the Flag Officer Commanding the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sidi-Ali Hassan, said in Yenagoa that upon receiving the report, the Navy alerted NNS Andoni and NNS Ikot Abasi.

Six gun boats and NNS Delta in Warri and the Naval operation base in Egweama, Brass in Yenagoa were deployed in the rescue operation.

Hassan said: “Eight NN vessels were used in pursuit of the hijacked MT Norte with 16 suspected pirates on board. The participating ships eventually shadowed the hijacked vessel and forced her back into Nigerian waters.”


[The Nation]