The Nigerian Navy (NN) says it has successfully foiled an attempted hijack of a Merchant Vessel, MV UAL HOUSTON, around Bonny Fairway Buoy, Port Harcourt, Rivers.
The Acting Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Capt. Suleman Dahun, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja.
Dahun said that the incident occurred on July 13, at about 7.45 a.m.
He said six suspected sea robbers boarded the vessel but were unable to access the ship’ s living quarters, bridge or machinery room as the ship was on lockdown by the crew.
“Subsequently, on receipt of the ship’s distress call, the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Bonny dispatched a boat to rescue the vessel.
“On sighting the naval patrol boat, the robbers abandoned their hijack plot and fled,” Dahun said.
He said that preliminary investigation revealed that no crew member was abducted nor any item was stolen during the attack.
He noted that NN had sustained the recent trend of successes in the operations against crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and other illegal activities in the Niger Delta.
The acting director of Information, also said that NN ship (NNS) PATHFINDER had discovered and destroyed seven illegal refineries around Bolo Creek and Isaka axis in Rivers.
“The illegal refineries destroyed at Bolo Creek had several storage tanks, two wooden boats laden with about 80,000 litres.