Pro-Biafra ex-militants hijack ship, demand Kanu's release

Pro-Biafra ex-militants hijack ship, demand Kanu's release

 - Militants hijack foreign vessel and kidnap its foreign crew.

 - Kidnappers demand release of Nnamdi Kanu within 31 days.

 - Threaten to kill hostages in 31 days, despite previous demand, if federal government acts too slowly.

A group of supposedly former militants has hijacked a ship off the Bakassi Peninsula coastline and threatened to blow it up along with its foreign crew if the detained Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu is not released.

The group of hijackers has given the federal government a 31-day ultimatum to release Kanu or deal with a destroyed ship and murdered crew.

The militants said they enjoy the support of local residents and of pro-Biafra agitators in the area.

Pro-Biafra ex-militants hijack ship, demand Kanu's release
Nnamdi Kanu in court

The group’s spokesman, identified only as General Ben, even said the militants might not wait for the expiration of the 31-day ultimatum to carry out their murderous threat.

“We cannot wait till the end of the 31 days to tell the federal government that we are serious. The vessel and the crew are in our custody.

“Any noise, any delay from government, we will blow up everything. We will blow the vessel and everybody in the vessel will go down,” the so-called general said.

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“We are not interested in the country that owns the vessel. What we know is that the vessel was coming to Nigeria to lift oil. We are not interested, once it is blown up, let the country and Nigeria resolve the matter.”

The supposedly retired militant said his group remains well informed about Kanu’s detention and condemned the courts for denying him bail based on his dual nationality.

“This is provocative; hence we did not waste time to go into action. We are in support of the Biafra struggle.

“We will not retreat or surrender. The federal government might have taken our ultimatum as an empty threat. But, we will surprise them,” General Ben said.

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