Navy recovers vessel with stolen crude in Bayelsa

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The Central Naval Command has announced the capture of a vessel and tug boat containing 6000 metric tons of suspected stolen crude oil after it intercepted the suspects on Tuesday.
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In a statement issued by the Lieutanant Commander Eddi Yeibo for Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), said the vessel with 11 crew members involved in the oil theft were caught following a tip off and intelligence.

Yeibo who indicated that the seized vessel registered as MT DERA, and a Tugboat RUNNER CHARLEY andare in custody of the Navy said the vessel and tugboat were apprehended at Eremor 1 Marginal Oil Field located off Peretorugbene in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The statement quoted the Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman of the Central Naval Command’s Flag Officer Commanding at the scene of the arrest, as saying that preliminary investigation was ongoing on the Merchant Tanker DERA among others.

“The barge was arrested at a point where there was no loading point. But rather the crude was suspected to be stolen from well head at the Eremor 1 Marginal Field’’. Suleiman said.

The FOC has assured that the Naval Command will intensify their surveillance and however warned that oil thieves against the terrible act in their domain.

After several successful raids on illegal refinery sites and seizures in two weeks, he said the Command will sustain their fight after he attributed the feat to the zero Tolerance stance on crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering and other sundry crimes.

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