Navy arrest 20 suspected crude oil thieves in Bayelsa

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The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Soroh, has arrested about 20 suspected crude oil thieves aboard a vessel marked MT TIS IV in Akassa River, Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

The Commander NNS Soroh, Commodore Patrick Effah, said at a press briefing on Monday in Akassa that the arrest was made on Dec. 6.

Effah said that the vessel was carrying about 4,402 barrels of illegally sourced crude oil worth about $315,500 (N148, 281, 000) without the requisite approval.

The commander added that the Navy traced the source of the crude oil to be four dug out pits in the area.

He said; “The discovered storage pit has been reported to relevant Oil and Gas Company for evacuation.

“The arrest is one of the numerous successes recorded by the Nigerian Navy in its ongoing Operation Quite Waters aimed at dominating Nigeria’s maritime environment towards creating deterrence to create secure economic activities to strive.

He said that the operation was in line with the…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper

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