Nigeria: Niger Delta militant group claims hijacking vessel with Liberian flag

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The spate of insecurity in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region may be escalating as a new group, Concerned Militant Leaders (CML), has claimed responsibility for hijacking Wednesday night a vessel with Liberian flag along Bakassi Peninsula.

The ship was allegedly heading to Bonny in Rivers state when it was seized.

CML has also threatened that its next target for attack would be Frontier Oil in Eket, Akwa Ibom state.

But the Nigerian Navy spokesman, Commodore Chris Ezekobe, said Thursday that the reported hijack could be a hoax as investigation has shown that the vessel the group claimed to be holding was actually berthed in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“It is either the claimed hijack is a hoax or the hijackers don’t have details of the vessel under their custody," said Ezekobe.

Attacks by militant groups in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region in the last six months have reduced the country's oil production to a 22-year low. Limited efforts by the federal government to reach a lasting truce with the militants have crippled the economy.
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21 july 2016 17:56:08

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