The Nigerian navy says it has rescued a hijacked oil tanker in a dramatic night-time operation in which one pirate was killed. The Panama-flagged Maximus, owned by a company in the UAE and on lease to a South Korean shipping company, was escorted on Monday into Lagos harbor with six captured hijackers from Nigeria and Ghana and the crew of 18 from India, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Sudan and Ghana.
Rear Admiral Henry Babalola said the navy is still searching for two crew taken hostage by two hijackers who escaped in a pirate vessel. The Indian defence attache, Capt Gautam Marwaha said one hostage is Indian and the other is believed to be Pakistan. They have not received any ransom demand, he added.
The bandits were after the ship’s 4,700 tons of diesel fuel when they seized it on February 11. off the coast of Abidjan. The ship was rescued on Saturday night about 310 (500 kilometers) southwest of Lagos.