The merchant ship, MT LEON DIAS that was allegedly hijacked by gunmen is current off the Coast of Cotonou in the Benin Republic.
Nigerian military sources disclosed that the ship which is a chemical/oil tanker is currently under the custody of the Beninois Navy.
A text from a top security source said: “The name of the ship is MT LEON DIAS (9279927). An oil tanker, the ship is presently in Benin waters, about 7.5 nautical miles off Cotonou Port and is under the watch of the Benin Republic Navy.”
The officer told PRNigeria that “Benin Republic is in a better position to provide details on the Ship since it is not on Nigerian coastal region”