Nigerian Navy Seizes Five Vessels Due to Illegal Bunkering



Following an intelligence report, the Nigerian Navy impounded five vessels and 108,000 litres of diesel fuel.  The report states that the operators of the vessels were conspiring with the private jetties’ owners to transfer the fuel illegally.

Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Pathfinder, said, “ the Navy followed an intelligence report it received and discovered on Monday that the vessels MV Denis, MV Faith, MV Lum VII, MV Eliora, FP Comfort and a large Cotonou boat were discharging illegally refined products onto five barges.”

He added, “Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas had ordered constant checks be conducted of both private and publicly-owned jetties.  This round the clock checks will also ensure that our waterways are free from illicit activities of oil thieves.”

Ibrahim further added that any private jetty owners who indulge in such illegal activities will be sued.

The 19 crew members were arrested.  One among them admitted that they were indulged in selling the illegal petroleum products, without a license.

Source: Leadership


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