An alleged pirate mastermind, Mr. Charles Ekpemefumor, who is also known and acknowledged as Charles Parker or Captain Charles Agaba has been declared wanted by the Nigerian Navy for the hijack of a vessel, MT. Maximus, with 18 crew members in February this year.
The vessel ‘MT Maximus’ with 18 crew members and carrying 4,368.203MT of Gas Oil was hijacked on February 11, 2016 by a group of suspected pirates off Cote D’ivoire waters. The Navy consequently recovered the vessel eight days later on February 19, 2016, within Sao Tome waters 320 nautical miles (nm) off the Nigerian coast.
In a statement on Thursday, the Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, said that investigation by the Navy linked Ekpemefumor, adding that during the rescue operation, six pirates were arrested, while one of them was killed. Some items were recovered from the pirates including weapons and mobile telephones.
According to DINFO, the suspect was alleged to be responsible for the leasing of the 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, he said, a letter of invitation was sent to him on April 15, 2016 to enable him come for questioning on the allegation.
Ezekobe said several attempts were made to ensure his compliance but all efforts have proved abortive. Accordingly, Mr Charles Ekpemefumor Alias Charles Parker has been declared wanted by the Naval Headquarters in order to unravel the circumstances of the hijack of MT MAXIMUS.
The statement therefore called on any person(s) who sights him to report immediately to any naval formation, military or security agencies for prompt action.