Navy parades 9 suspected oil thieves

10 March 2013, Port Harcourt—THE Nigerian Navy weekend paraded nine oil bunkering suspects at Bonny, Rivers State.

Commander, Forward Operating Base, FOB, Bonny, Captain Chukwuemeka Okafor said the suspects were arrested on board a vessel when his men were on water patrol at fairway buoy, Bonny channel, adding that the vessel had 820 tonnes of diesel and it had no certified document authorising it to operate on the Nigerian waterways.

“The Navy arrested the vessel on January 28, and had finished its preliminary investigation and found it necessary that the vessel has more answers to provide as to what she was doing at the place she was arrested, the product she was carrying and her documents in line with regulations of the Nigeria maritime environment.”

*Jimitota Onoyume, Vanguard

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