NIMASA vows to release hijacked MT Apecus Crew


…suspects illegal trading activities with the vessel

By Oko Ebuka

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, the Indian High Commission in Nigeria and other security agencies have commenced investigations into an incident involving a Palau flagged Tanker, MT APECUS, off the coast of Bonny, Nigeria.

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The hijack of the vessel, with International Maritime Organization, IMO No.7333810 and call sign No.T8WU, occurred on April 19, 2019, and resulted in the abduction of seven crew comprising of five Indian nationals and two other individuals of unspecified nationality.

Speaking in Lagos on the hijack, the Director General, DG, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside while condemning the hijack and sympathizing with the victims, pledged the Agency’s commitment to rescue as well as continue working with other relevant government security agencies.

He also noted that preliminary investigations carried out by NIMASA into the…

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