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Photo: Nigerian Navy Arrests 6 Sea Pirates Who Hijacked & Renamed Saudi Arabian Oil Tanker

6 sea pirates arrested nigerian navy

Feb 23, 2016 – Picture: Nigerian Navy Arrests 6 Sea Pirates Who Hijacked & Renamed Saudi Arabian Oil Tanker

Nigerian Navy (NN) yesterday paraded six suspected pirates, who hijacked an oil tanker off the Coast of Cote D’Ivoire on February 11.

They are Captain Mike Ugborama, Ayo Joshua, Macus Adesoji, Adeyemi, Paul, Oluwafemi Samuel and Colins Friday.

The pirates, who were nabbed in the Island of Sao Tome on February 20, were said to be part of a nine-man gang that hijacked a Saudi Arabian oil tanker, MT Maximus, chartered by a South Korean company.

One of the suspects was killed during a fierce gun battle with naval operatives onboard NNS Okpabana. Two others were said to have earlier fled the vessel with two crew members as hostages.

It was learnt that the vessel, which was renamed MT Elvis-5 by the hijackers to conceal it, was loaded with 4700 metric tons of AGO.

The vessel hijacked an oil boat, Dejikun, at the Lagos Port, sacked its crew members before using it for their illicit operation.

Dejikun is said to be a popular oil boat at the Apapa port, owned by one Charles, who resides in Lekki.

The Nation gathered that an American vessel, which witnessed the hijack, initially chased the ship until it turned Southwest towards Togo.

Unable to continue the chase, the American ship was said to have radioed Togolese Navy to take over.

The Togolese Navy, it was learnt, notified the Nigerian Navy, which deployed three naval ships – NNS Okpabana, NNS Centenary and NNS Sagbama.

Okpabana and Sagbama were deployed from Lagos. Centenary went through the nation’s central waters, thereby smoking the hijackers at a corner on international waters, off Sao Tome.

Before the security forces could get to the hijacked vessel, it was learnt that two crew members, including an Indian, were kidnapped and taken away by two of the gang members.

Upon sighting the naval ships, the hijackers, who allegedly refused to surrender, shut down the oil tanker and opened fire on the security agents.

But the Naval operatives were said to have forcefully boarded the tanker.

The Nation gathered that it was at that point that the deceased pirate was gunned down because he allegedly came out of the ship to confront the boarding party.



  1. Metu Nyetu

    February 23, 2016 at 3:37 AM

    Good job.

  2. Austin

    February 23, 2016 at 4:38 AM

    Due to how thing are in this country guyz carry gun to make sure there is food on their table.who do we blame?

  3. Jojo

    February 23, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    When the economy of a country is nothing to write home about, what do you expect, rubbish

  4. sola olaniyi

    February 23, 2016 at 7:28 AM


  5. my lady

    February 23, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    odikwa risky

  6. Amazon

    February 23, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    That’s good

  7. chyna

    February 23, 2016 at 8:33 AM


  8. Maryf

    February 23, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    They must not steal before they see food on their table, okada riding, hawking, keke driving, and so many good jobs are there. The people that has been surviving through those means are not fools.

  9. wonder

    February 23, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    as long the economy of the nation is bad. what do you expect the guys to do? they must look for one way or the other to put something on their table and to give themselves shelter. so shouldn’t be blamed as long the economy, isn’t making the way out.

    • Omokehinde

      February 23, 2016 at 6:31 PM

      Hi Wonder, that is no excuse to commit crimes and engage in any terrorist act. They must face the wrath of the law. They can go to their various villages or town to start small scale farming which was one of the oldest profession in the history of mankind. I have no pity for any evildoers who hide under the umbrella of tribalism, joblessness, and economy downtune.

  10. Omokehinde

    February 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Are they not those bastards who claimed that they are Niger Delta militants that gave Federal government 30 days ultimatum to free that criminal Biafran-Kanu Nnamdi from prison. Judging by their names, majority of them are not Igbo bUT Yorubas may be with two Ijaws. So why did these dumb criminal hijacked a ship in order to free Kanu Nnamdi? They are terrorists that have committed terrible crime on international water between Nigeria, Togo, and Cote D’Ivoire. They all deserve to spend the rest of their miserable lives in maximum prison. They are the worse fools in the 21st century aND they are extremely lucky to be alive. Good job by Nigerian Navy.

  11. John Emeka

    February 23, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    2 Bad… dis wot d present country hardship & suffering z causing

  12. iscben

    March 22, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    May God have mercy on us all. The current nigeria economy is vry hard to bear. Guys should also learn to take things easy. Too Deadly!

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