NIGERIAN NAVY CREW ON NNS BENIN, NNS IKOT ABASI ENGAGE PIRATES IN GUN BATTLE ; 2 PIRATES KILLED, 6 OTHERS ARRESTED….FOREIGN-OWNED VESSEL AND CREW RELEASED

A Nigerian Navy seaman mans a 20mm weapon

A Nigerian Navy seaman mans a 20mm cannon onboard a naval vessel

INFORMATION NIGERIA
18 May, 2014

Nigerian Navy (NN) personnel drawn from Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Benin and NNS Ikot-Abasi, have rescued a distressed oil tanker, MT SP Brussels at the Lagos anchorage, killing two of the pirates who had hijacked the vessel and killed two crew members.

The oil tanker with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and MMSI numbers 9387164 and 538003624 respectively, is registered in Marshall Islands with a length and beam of 118 and 18 metres respectively.

With its call sign reading as V7MI7,the 35 gross tonnage vessel and 14 metric tonnes container capacity of products, had last communicated its position on April 11,when it was at UTC terrestrial heading to its destination at Lagos offshore when it was hijacked.

It was gathered that the oil-laden vessel was accosted at about 120 nautical miles outside Lagos waters,enroute from Port Harcourt, by eight heavily armed pirates who overtook them in two speed boats. While two of the pirates remained on each of the speedboats to man it, six others boarded the oil tanker vessel and in an exchange of gunfire with the two police escorts attached to the vessel, shot dead two of the crew members; an Indian and the Captain.

It was gathered that after the pirates had successfully disarmed the police and taken possession of the vessel,the frightened crew members made up of Indians,Pakistanis and Ghanaians had fled to the Citadel (a place to hide for safety on board ships) to hide.

However, immediately the pirates searched the vessel and discovered it devoid of human life, they went straight to the Citadel and brought them out. The pirates set sail to go offload the stolen products onboard the vessel, but unfortunately, the NN had gotten wind of the attack and gave them pursuit.

Both naval vessels had cut off the escape route by the pirates and a gun duel ensued but the navy had the upper hand with the level of weapon handling and marksmanship gained from their frequent Small Arms Firing Exercise (SAFEX) training.

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8 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY CREW ON NNS BENIN, NNS IKOT ABASI ENGAGE PIRATES IN GUN BATTLE ; 2 PIRATES KILLED, 6 OTHERS ARRESTED….FOREIGN-OWNED VESSEL AND CREW RELEASED

  1. Bharat says:

    Thanks to Nigerian Navy from India.

  2. eniola says:

    Well done nigerian navy, what a good news to strengthen my body for today’s activities. Hope it stays lyk dis!

  3. Yagazie says:

    Nice one by the Nigerian Navy- pity they couldn’t kill all the pirates and save the Govt the expense of a trial and upkeep of the bast**ds in prison. Well we have to respect human rights.

    However on another point, the author of this article should check his/her facts/maths. If there were 8 heavily armed pirates on 2 speedboats, and 2 remained on each speedboat whilst 6 boarded the vessel- that would make 10 pirates- abi? or is my maths way off base?

  4. ifiok umoeka says:

    Gr8t news! I think the tonnage was of too!

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    Meant off too

  6. G8T Nigeria says:

    Good news. However, the story lacked details.

  7. jimmy says:

    Great way to start the day.

  8. Deway says:

    Good job to the navy! I pray the navy remains consistent in its path to actualizing the milestones in its strategic plans.

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