Illegal Bunkering: Navy seizes 3 barges in Rivers

July 2, 2020
54 Views

Three barges have been seized by the Nigerian Navy in Port Harcourt following an anti-bunkering operation.

Capt. Adegoke Ebo, Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, handed over the barges and some petroleum products to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.

He said at the occasion that the barges, Destiny Bright, Furo I and an unnamed vessel, were illegally transporting unspecified quantity of adulterated diesel and stolen crude oil to unknown destinations before their seizure.

Ebo, however, said naval operatives were unable to make any arrest on board the barges as the operators abandoned them on sighting the navy gunboats.

“The NNS Pathfinder patrol team intercepted and arrested both barge Destiny Bright and another unnamed barge at Cotton Channel waterways, Rivers, on April 19 and April 20 respectively.

“At the time of seizure, Destiny Bright and the unnamed barge, were laden with unspecified quantity of products suspected to be crude oil and illegally refined diesel respectively.

The naval officer said that the third barge, Furo I, was intercepted four years ago on May 3, 2017, on Bile waterways in Rivers on suspicion of alleged involvement in illegal bunkering activities.

He said the barge was also transporting unnamed quantity of suspected adulterated diesel when it was impounded by naval operatives during a routine patrol of the creeks.

“The barges had no approvals to transport the petroleum products, and, as such, they were towed to NNS Pathfinder Holding Bays for safe custody and preliminary investigation.

“We have concluded our investigation, and we are here to handover the three barges and petroleum products to EFCC in line with directives from the naval headquarters,” he added.

Ebo said that the EFCC would conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis to determine sources of the petroleum products.

Receiving the barges, Ani Davies, EFCC Head of Extractive Industry and Maritime Crime Section in Port Harcourt, gave an assurance that the commission would conduct speedy investigation to unravel the owners and sources of the products.

“We will also conduct thorough investigation, so that in no distant time, the appropriate action will be taken on whoever that is found culpable of this crime.

You may be interested

Family Fulfills Father’s Dying Wish, Refunds N11 Million Unearned Salaries (Photo)
News
3 views
News
3 views

Family Fulfills Father’s Dying Wish, Refunds N11 Million Unearned Salaries (Photo)

Webby - January 14, 2022

Because of his age, health condition, and other factors, he only went to work twice or three times a week…

How N450,000 Loan Disappeared From Retiree’s Wema Bank Account
Politics
3 views
Politics
3 views

How N450,000 Loan Disappeared From Retiree’s Wema Bank Account

Webby - January 14, 2022

Beatrice Adeyeye, a retired public worker from Ibadan Polytechnic in Oyo State, has expressed concerns about the disappearance of N450,000…

Panic As Angry Youths Attack Palace Of Plateau Paramount Ruler Over Killings
News
4 views
News
4 views

Panic As Angry Youths Attack Palace Of Plateau Paramount Ruler Over Killings

Webby - January 14, 2022

 File photo In what will come across as a rather troubling development, some angry youths have laid siege and attacked…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.