Ten suspected pirates were on Monday arraigned for the hijack of a Chinese fishing vessel, FV Hai Lu Feng II, in international waters off Cote D’Ivoire.
The defendants are: Frank Abaka, Jude Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adekole Philip, Matthew Masi and Bright Agbedeyi.
They were charged on three counts before Justice Ayokunle Faji.
Prosecution counsel Laraban Magaji said the incident occurred in May this year in international waters off Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
Each defendant pleaded not guilty.