The Nigerian Navy on Thursday, April 28, 2016, declared that one Mr. Charles Ekpemefumor, aka Charles Parker, wanted in connection with the hijack of a shipping vessel, MT MAXIMUS.
The Navy said the vessel with 18 crew members and containing 4,368.203MT of gas oil, was hijacked on 11 February, 2016 by a group of suspected pirates off the Cote d’Ivoire waters.
The vessel was eventually rescued on 19th February 2016, within Sao Tome waters 320 nautical miles (nm) off the Nigerian coast.
According to the Nigerian Navy, during the rescue operation, 6 pirates were arrested, while one of them was killed, while weapons and mobile phones were recovered from their hands.
In a statement by the director of Navy Information released on Thursday, April 28, 2016 Commodore Christian Ezekobe, in the course of investigations, “it was revealed that one Mr, Charles Ekemefumor aka Charles Parker or Captain Charles Agaba is the mastermind of the hijack attack on the MT MAXIMUS.
“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 order to unravel the circumstances of the hijack of MT MAXIMUS.”
The Navy urged persons with information on the suspect to report immediately to any naval formation, military or security agencies for prompt action.