Pirates have seized a tanker and its crew off the Nigerian coast, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) monitoring group says. The attack happened about 90 nautical miles south of Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos, on Saturday.
“This is an organised crime activity,” IMB Director Capt Pottengal Mukundan
told the BBC. Last month, Nigeria and neighbouring Benin launched joint navy patrols to curb growing piracy in West Africa.
Nineteen vessels have been attacked off Benin’s coast this year – eight of
which were hijacked. Capt Mukundan said the seized tanker was registered in the Marshall Islands. The pirates were likely to siphon the cargo into a waiting tanker, he said, without specifying what the ship was carrying.