Fidelity bank banner Newsexpress banner Okowa 2019 gubernatorial campaign Camano banner
Militants kidnap Russian, Georgian and Filipino seamen

By News Express on 05/02/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,295


The crew of an oil tanker hijacked in Nigerian waters is from Russia, Georgia and the Philippines and is probably being held hostage for ransom, a shipping security expert said Thursday.

The claim that the Greek-owned MT Leon Dias was boarded last week by separatists espousing an independent state of Biafra in southeast Nigeria is likely a cover to lend legitimacy to a kidnapping for ransom, Dirk Steffen, the maritime security director of Denmark-based Risk Intelligence, told The Associated Press.

The hijackers abandoned the ship Sunday and took five hostages with them, he said, including the Filipino captain and third engineer, the Russian chief engineer and electrician and a fitter from Georgia.

A man who identified himself by the nom-de-guerre General Ben — similar to titles used by Niger Delta oil militants — had threatened to blow up the ship with its crew if authorities did not release Nnamdi Kanu, the director of the banned Radio Biafra detained since Oct. 17 and accused of terrorism. The two main separatist groups have denied involvement in the hijacking.

Nigeria’s navy said Wednesday the ship is now off the coast of Cotonou, the commercial capital of neighboring Benin, guarded by that country’s navy.

Nigeria’s government has made no comment on the hijacking, which comes amid renewed attacks on oil and gas installations in the southern Niger Delta believed carried out by militants demanding a bigger share of revenue for southern states polluted by petroleum production.

Militants have threatened new attacks if the government does not fully support an amnesty programme that in 2009 halted conflict that was killing 1,000 people a year and had reduced the output of Africa’s biggest oil producer by 40 percent. Security forces said Wednesday they have arrested some suspects in the sabotage, but did not say how many.

•Text courtesy of AP. File photo shows Niger Delta militants on the way to an operation.

Source News Express

Posted 05/02/2016 12:08:35 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Kaduna residents lament fuel scarcity

Defence Minister commiserates with Zamfara people over meningitis...

Akwa Ibom Governor sacks boards, agencies

Falana asks FG to withdraw case against Onnoghen...

Budgetary provisions cannot adequately fund armed forces —...

Senate holds dialogue on youth unemployment, development

Experts unlock future work template at Stanbic IBTC...

Man in court for touching girl’s breast

Oil Theft: EFCC grills 16 foreigners

Saraki wades into Kwara Govt./NULGE, NUT trade dispute...

13 reported killed as Boko Haram sacks Borno...

CBN lifts forex market with $210m

 

Latest News Atiku shocks Buhari in Presidential Villa Elections: The heavy gainers and losers Dino Melaye leads in Kogi West PDP trounces APC in Kubwa Abuja Buhari humbles Atiku in Daura Buhari wins in Kwara, Saraki loses Ekiti: Buhari crushes Atiku in Fayemi, Ojudu’s polling Gombe: Atiku loses in Gov. Dankwambo’s polling unit PDP cries out, accuses APC of killing Nigerians, burning ballot boxes Okowa bemoans failure of card readers in parts of Delta State INEC postpones elections in Anambra, Rivers, Lagos, others 16 killed in election violence

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (452,518 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (405,940 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (340,975 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (292,789 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (257,450 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (234,246 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (219,437 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (201,106 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (188,649 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (175,010 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (173,220 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (168,696 views)

 

NLNG call for entries

CBN banner

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (81) Business & Economy (4,033) Business Verdict (58) Columnists (999) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (592) Features (716) Global Business Monitor (326) ICT Monitor (13) International (3,116) Interview (173) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (152) Maggie's Blog (159) News (43,415) Opinion (1,197) Pidgin (17) Politics (9,652) Religion (952) Sports (1,900) Stock Watch (37) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera