Port Harcourt - The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS)
Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, said on Thursday it impounded a vessel laden
with 1,300 tonnes of crude oil suspected to be stolen off Bonny island
Capt. Daupreye Matthew, the Commanding Officer, Forward
Operating base, Bonny, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that eight
suspects were arrested during the raid.
He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the vessel had
no valid document from relevant agencies to operate in the petroleum
“Particularly worrying is the source of the product because the
vessel did not have a Bill of Laden which indicates the crude oil was
not gotten from relevant agencies.
“The eight suspects will be handed over to the Nigerian Security and
Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for further investigation and possible
“In line with the vision and mission of the Chief of Naval Staff,
Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, I hereby re-emphasise our zero tolerance and
resolve to curb oil theft from the region.
“The Navy will not stop until it rid the region of criminality and illegalities in the Nigerian maritime domain,” he said.
Matthew said that the fight against oil theft was the responsibility
of Nigerians, irrespective of their class, to ensure economic growth and
prosperity of the country.
He also urged the people to continue to provide the Navy with timely
information that would lead to the arrest of oil thieves and pipeline
According to him, criminals should desist from illegality and seek
legitimate jobs because the Navy will not condone acts that are capable
of sabotaging the nation’s economic growth.
The acting Commandant of NSCDC in Rivers, Christiana Abiakam,
said the command would carry out thorough investigation to unravel the
source of the product.
She said if found guilty, the suspect would be arraigned to serve as deterrent to others.