Nigerian Navy (NN) on Friday says it impounded a vessel, barge and wooden boat illegally conveying about 300,000 litres of suspected stolen diesel worth N66 million.
Capt. Victor Choji, the Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, presented 11 suspected crewmen to newsmen in Onne, Rivers.
He said that the vessel, MV Nazarene, barge and wooden boat were intercepted in the late hours of April 20 by troops on routine patrol of waterways.
He added that “the vessel, MV Nazarene, was caught in the act by our patrol elements trans hipping suspected illegally refined diesel from a barge, DP 28, and a wooden boat at about 2300 hours.
“MV Nazarene was seized with 300,000 litres of petroleum product
suspected to be illegally refined diesel
“The 11 all-male crew members of the vessel were subsequently arrested
and they have been in our custody as preliminary investigation had
Choji said that troops also on routine patrol intercepted another
suspected illegal vessel, MV Asha, escorted by six undisclosed
He said that troops on boarding the vessel found out that the security
personnel did not have permission to escort the vessel at the time of
He, however, declined to reveal the identity of the security agency
that provided the illegal escort to the vessel.
He said “MV Asha was seized on March 29 at Onne waterways with 11
crewmen on board. The vessel and crewmen have been in our custody
because their motive is still not clear.
“The vessel was arrested with six security personnel that were not
under any authority to escort the vessel, thereby, contradicting the
Harmonised Standard Operating Procedure (HSOP).
“The HSOP clearly spelt out roles of security agencies in combating
illegalities in the oil and gas sector. I advise that security
agencies abide by the HSOP.”
The officer added that any individual or group that wished to lift and
load petroleum products legitimately at sea must first seek clearance
from navy before carrying out such business.
He said the navy was resolute to ensuring that crimes and criminality
within the state maritime environment were frustrated to allow
legitimate social and commercial activities to thrive.
The naval officer handed over the vessels, barge, wooden boat and 23
suspects to operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) for further investigation.
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