September, 2012 – Nigerian navy frees hijacked Singapore-owned oil t

Nigeria’s navy says it has rescued a Singapore-owned oil tanker hijacked by pirates on Tuesday night with 23 Indian sailors on board. A navy spokesman told the BBC the crew was safe, the hijackers had fled and the vessel, the Abu Dhabi Star, was being escorted into the port of Lagos.Earlier, the navy denied reports that the tanker was seized in the port. There has been a significant increase in the number of pirate attacks in parts of West Africa. The BBC’s Will Ross in Lagos says unlike the piracy off the coast of Somalia where hostages are held for ransom, in the Gulf of Guinea the armed gangs are after the cargo which is usually swiftly offloaded.