Nigerian separatists have hijacked a merchant ship and threatened to blow it up with its foreign crew if the FG doesn’t release Nnamdi Kanu. Maj. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the Defense Ministry spokesman, confirmed that
the hijacking occurred on Friday and called it an act of sabotage.
Today, other officers told The Associated Press that the navy is in pursuit of the captured vessel. The officers, said the hijackers have given the government 31 days to free Kanu or say they will blow up the ship along with its crew. .
The ultimatum was given at the weekend by a militant identified by the nom de guerre of General Ben. Ben is not a separatist but “some Niger Delta militants have shown interest in working with us,” said Uchena Madu, a leader of the Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra. .
The hijacking indicates the separatists could be working with some Niger Delta oil militants blamed for recent bombings of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta. Maritime industry reports indicated the vessel was an oil tanker seized about 100 miles off Nigeria’s Bakassi Peninsula….. Buhari will order Kanu’s release b4 2moro morning….