Gunmen have hijacked a cargo ship in the Niger Delta and kidnapped at least ten people on board, a Nigerian military spokesman said on Monday.
The attackers intercepted the MV Thou Galaxy late on Sunday as it sailed for Warri in Delta state, seizing the captain and others. The nationalities of those taken were not known.
Military spokesman Rabe Abubakar said he believed gunmen loyal to rebel leader Tom Polo were behind the attack and that the Delta state government was trying to resolve the matter. No group has claimed responsibility.
Militants who say they are fighting for a fairer share of the wealth generated in the Niger Delta, home to Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry, have bombed pipeline and oil platforms in recent years.