Nigerian Navy foils pirate attack

Pirates attempt to hijack tanker at Lagos.

Navy Foils Pirate Attack on Oil Vessel in Lagos

Chiemelie Ezeobi

Personnel of the Western Naval Command (WNC) of the Nigerian Navy at the weekend foiled an attempt by 10 suspected pirates to hijack a refined petroleum-laden vessel sailing into Nigeria.

The pirates, who were said to have been in two boats, had intercepted the foreign ship, MT IMAS, on the waters within the WNC area of responsibility.

The gang had already succeeded in overpowering and boarding the ship, when the naval ship stormed the area and arrested one of the suspects.
THISDAY gathered that the pirates had opened fire to resist arrest but were overpowered by the superior firing power of the navy.

Confirming the incident, the WNC Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral Jonathan Ango, said the naval vessel was able to respond speedily because they were also deployed for the elections.

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