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Navy Declares Charles Ekpemefumor – aka Charles Parker WANTED

The Nigerian Navy has declared a sea hijack kingpin, Mr. Charles Ekpemefumor – aka Charles Parker – wanted in connec­tion with the hijack of a mer­chant oil tanker, MT MAXI­MUS.
The vessel with 18 crew members and carrying 4,368.203MT of gas oil was hijacked on 11th of February 2016 by a group of suspected pirates off Cote d’Ivoire waters.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, said that on getting the distress call, the navy deployed its team for rescue operations, and the vessel was eventually res­cued on 19 February 2016 within Sao Tome waters, about 320 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast.
Parker was alleged to be responsible for the leasing of a mother ship, MT DE­JIKUN, used for the hijack from one Mr. Mustapha Kenny Gani through a third party, Mr. Steve Paul.
Ezekobe said that during the rescue operation, six pi­rates were arrested, while one of them was killed. Some weapons and mobile tele­phones were also recovered.
He said that in the course of investigation, it was re­vealed that Parker or Cap­tain Charles Agaba was the mastermind of the hijack attack on the MT MAXI­MUS.
“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 order 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”, the Navy spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the Nige­rian military is seeking to strengthen its defence ties with Niger and Cameroun in the collective effort to de­feat terror in the Lake Chad region.
A statement issued in Abuja by the Acting Direc­tor, Defence Information, Brig Gen Rabe Abubakar, said “in an effort to strength­en the existing bilateral cooperation with Nigeria’s neighbours, the Chief of De­fence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin has embarked on official trips to Niger Repub­lic and Republic of Camer­oun where he met with top government functionaries of the two countries.”
In Niger Republic, Gen­eral Olonisakin was said to have met with the President of the country, Mahamadou Issoufou as well as the Chief of Defence Staff, General Seyni Garba where discus­sion on issues that concern the two friendly countries were highlighted.
General Olonisakin laud­ed Niger President for the role the country is playing in counter-terrorism op­erations in Lake Chad Basin and the country’s role in the formation of Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
While in Cameroun, Olo­nisakin was received by the Camerounian Honorable Minister of Defence, Edgard Allain Mebe Ngo’o and the country’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Rene-Claude Meka where similar discus­sions were held.


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