One Mr Charles Ekpemefumor alias Charles Parker was on Thursday, declared wanted by the Nigerian Navy over his alleged role in the hijack of a vessel.
A statement issued by the Navy’s Director of Information, Commodore Christian Ezekobe revealed that the vessel, MT MAXIMUS, which had 18 crew members on board, was carrying 4,368.203mt of gas oil.
Ezekobe said that the vessel was hijacked on February 11, 2016 by a group of suspected pirates off Cote D’ivoire waters.
The Navy, however, recovered the vessel eight days later within Sao Tome waters 320 nautical miles (nm) off the Nigerian coast.
According to the statement, six pirates were arrested while one of them was killed during the rescue operation.
The statement added that it was discovered that Ekpemefumor is the mastermind of the attack.
The statement read, “Additionally, he was alleged to be responsible for the leasing of mother ship MT DEJIKUN used for the hijack from one Mr Mustapha Kenny Gani through a third party called Mr Steve Paul.
“In view of his involvement in the pirate attack and hijacking of MT MAXIMUS, a letter of invitation was sent to him on 15 April 2016 to enable him come for questioning on the allegation. Several attempts have been made to ensure his compliance but all efforts proved abortive.
“Accordingly, Mr Charles Ekpemefumor Alias Charles Parker is hereby declared wanted by the Naval Headquarters in other to unravel the circumstances of the hijack of MT MAXIMUS.
“Therefore, any person who sights him should report immediately to any naval formation, military or security agencies for prompt action.”