After 5 Months of Being Kidnapped by Sea Pirates, Navy Rescue 5 Expatriates

Almost five (5) months after being kidnapped by unknown militants group, the Nigerian Navy on Tuesday announced the rescue of five expatriates.

The expatriates were kidnapped onboard MT RIO MITONG and MT DJIBLOHO ship in Yellow Island. 

According to a statement signed by the John Enenche, Major General Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, “Acting on credible intelligence a joint team from Forward Operating Base Bonny, Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER and troops of 146 Battalion swiftly combed the creeks in search of the kidnapped victims.

“After a thorough search and rescue operation, the gallant troops raided 4 identified sea pirates/militants hideout at Ibiakafemo, Idinkiri, Tombie and Ogboma.

“The identified camps were subsequently destroyed to deny the pirates freedom of action. Consequently, on the early hours of 6 October 2020, the pirates/militants compelled by the ongoing operation surrendered to the gallant troops and handed over the 5 kidnapped foreign expatriates at Iwofe Waterfront.

“The 5 expatriates comprising 3 Russians, one Ukrainian, and one Equatorial Guinean are presently at NNS PATHFINDER medical centre receiving medical attention.”

Meanwhile, the press statement also indicated that the joint team also intercepted two large wooden boats laden with an estimated 350,000 litres of suspected stolen illegally refined AGO and about 10,000 litres of stolen crude oil.

The stolen petroleum products according to the report, have been recovered to the Base.

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