On April 28, the Nigerian Navy Ship intercepted a tanker code-named ‘Mt Marina’ during a routine patrol in River Sombreiro and arrested it. They found the vessel was laden with 100 metric tons (MT) of suspected illegal refined diesel.
Navy said, “It was however discovered that the vessel was processing approval for 200 MT as a cover up of her illegal activities. Meanwhile, the vessel and crew will be handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies after investigations”.
In a related development, he said 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.
According to him, the 12 suspects earlier arrested on April 23, 2016 were picked up when the patrol team intercepted two Cotonou boats laden with about 150MT of substance suspected to be illegal refined AGO.
He listed other items recovered from the suspects to include 31 tanks measuring 5000 litres containing illegally refined AGO, 13 pumping machines, eight empty tanks of 5000 litres each and seven boats fitted with 115HP and 75HP outboard engines.
Source: Nigerian Navy