Military officers say Biafra separatists have hijacked a dealer ship and threaten to explode it with its foreign team if authorities do not release a detained leader unsettling for their breakaway state.
Defense representative Maj. Gen. Rabe Abubakar says the seizing happened on Friday, however did not tell correspondents the name of the boat. Different officers say the naval force is in pursuit.
There are signs the separatists in the southeast are working with some Niger Delta oil militants in southern Nigeria, heightening clash in a nation effectively troubled by a lethal north-eastern uprising by Boko Haram terrorists, reports The Associated Press.
Division of State Services (DSS) on October 17 confined Biafran separatist Nnamdi Kanu, accusing him of terrorism. His cause sparked a 1960s civil war that murdered a million Nigerians.