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10 July 2014

Nigeria Hands Over Suspected Sea Pirates to Interpol

The Commander of NNS Delta, Musa Gemu, on Thursday handed over MT Gare ship with three suspects to the Interpol.

Mr. Gemu, while handing over the suspects to the team leader, Soji Idowu, said they were apprehended in March 2014.

He explained that the suspects allegedly used MT Gare to hijack another vessel, MT Kerala, off the coast of Angola on January18.

He said they used the hijacked MT Kerala vessel to siphon over 75,000 metric tons of Automated Gasoline Oil, AGO, off the coast of Angola.

The commander said that the cargo was hijacked 200 nautical miles off the Angola coast with over $10 million worth of product on board.

"Sometime in March, MT Gare was used to hijack MT Kerala at 200 nautical miles off the coast of Angola while carrying products worth $10 million. This ship was reported to have been involved in the operation and we saw it in Nigeria territorial water," he said.

He did not disclose the identity or nationality of the suspects.

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