A Nigerian Navy ship which was hijacked when the Eastern Region broke away and called itself Biafra is now back at the Federal navy base in Lagos - that is, what remains of the ship.
Ship in dock; name on stern; men work on deck; skull; Lieutenant Commander Aduwo talks to newsmen on board.
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Background: A Nigerian Navy ship which was hijacked when the Eastern Region broke away and called itself Biafra is now back at the Federal navy base in Lagos - that is, what remains of the ship.
The minesweeper Ibadan went into service with the Nigerian Navy in October last year. It was one of three such vessels, built in 1950, sold to Nigeria from Britain's "mothball fleet."
The Ibadan, which is armed with 40mm guns and depth charges, was hijacked by its crew of Ibo officers who defected with it to Biafra.
The Federal Navy recaptured the Ibadan during two grim days of fighting at the port of Bonny, in Biafra.
The leader of the Federal operation, Lieutenant Commander Akin Aduwo, told newsmen yesterday (Sunday) that when his ships finally gained access to Bonny, the Biafrans on board the Ibadan jumped overboard and swam away.
He said two bodies were found on board the minesweeper, one no more than a skull.
The recapture of the Ibadan leaves Biafra without a navy. But the vessel is so badly damaged it's no use to the Federal navy either and will now be broken up.