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Pro-Biafra militants free hijacked vessel

04 February 2016, 10:02

Port Harcourt - A Greek-owned oil vessel hijacked by a group of ex-militants off the Bakassi Peninsula coast line has been freed, reports NewsDay.

The ex- militants have, however, taken the five foreign crew members of the vessel as hostages.

The vessel was hijacked last week Friday.

Also read: Ex-militants threaten to blow up hijacked ship over Kanu’s continued detention

The ex-militants are believed to be supporters of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

It was learnt that the hijackers disembarked from the vessel on Sunday and took the five hostages with them — the captain, chief engineer, third engineer, the electrician and a fitter

The pro-Biafran hijackers had earlier threatened to blow up the ship with its five foreign crew members, after 31 days, if the Federal Government failed to release Kanu.

Kanu is being prosecuted by the Department of State Services for running an illegal organisation, threatening to break away from Nigeria to create an independent country; and importing radio transmitters and making inciting and seditious statements.

Read more at NewsDay.

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