Abuja - The Navy has arrested a number of
suspects for alleged oil bunkering in the Niger Delta.
Some vessels laden with oil have been confiscated.
Operatives of the Navy arrested a Marine Tanker codenamed MT
Christian Ezekobe, Director of Information, said the vessel
was laden with 100 metric tonnes of suspected illegal refined oil.
MT Marina which was arrested by a naval warship NNS ANDONI
off River Sombreiro, was intercepted during a routine patrol of the area.
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“It was however discovered that the vessel was processing
approval for 200 MT as a cover up of her illegal activities,” said Ezekobe.
The vessel and crew will be handed over to relevant
prosecuting agencies after investigations.
In a related development, a naval patrol team deployed by
NNS DELTA has arrested 13 persons suspected to be engaged in illegal oil
bunkering, crude oil theft and piracy.
While 12 suspects were picked up at Forcados River, one
suspect was arrested after some sea pirates engaged the naval patrol team in a
shootout at Ndolo community in Ekeremo Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Other items recovered from the suspects include 31 tanks
measuring 5 000 litres containing illegally refined OIL, 13 pumping machines,
eight empty tanks and seven boats.
- CAJ News