Nigeria Naval Force Destroys Kidnappers' Camp in Oil-Rich Delta

  • Navy starts operation to secure Niger River Delta from piracy
  • Suspected hijacker gang escaped during raid in southern area

The Nigerian navy said it destroyed a kidnappers’ camp in the oil-producing Niger River Delta as it tries to stem a sharp rise in piracy in the country’s waters.

The navy patrol team failed to capture the suspected hijacker gang during the operation in the Ekeremo area of southern Bayelsa State.

The criminals “escaped with degrees of gunshot wounds,” the army said in an e-mailed statement citing the Naval Chief Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.

The International Maritime Bureau last week advised vessels to stay at least 200 nautical miles from the coast of Africa’s biggest oil producer following reports of nine attacks by pirates in the previous four weeks.

Ibas asked companies providing security for oil explorers to partner with the navy and share intelligence that can help fight piracy, smuggling and crude theft in the region.

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