Navy impounds marine tanker for illegal oil bunkering

04 May 2016, Abuja — Operatives of the Nigerian Navy have arrested a marine tanker codenamed ‘Mt Marina’ for suspected illegal bunkering activities.

Ghana-navy1The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, in a statement yesterday, said as at the time of the arrest on April 28, 2016, the vessel was laden with 100 metric tons (MT) of suspected illegal refined diesel.

Ezekobe stated that MT Marina, which was arrested by a naval warship Nigerian Navy Ship (NBS) Andoni, off River Sombreiro, was intercepted during a routine patrol of the area.

“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,” he stressed.

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.

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