NEDU MARK, Yenagoa
Central Naval Command, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, has arrested 11 suspected crude oil thieves as well as the impounding of a crude oil tanker, christened; MT Dera 1 along with a tugboat; Runner Charley.
The suspects and the merchant tanker were arrested at Eremor 1, Marginal Oil field located off Peretorugbene in Ekeremor local government Area of Bayelsa state.
The command said the merchant tanker MT Dera 1 were laden with over 6,000 metric tons of suspected stolen crude oil.
A statement by the Command’s spokesman, Lt Commander Edward Yeigbo said the suspects and the tanker were arrested over the weekend
Speaking shortly after the arrest, Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman said preliminary investigation is currently going on.
He reiterated that the barge was arrested at a point where there was no loading point, saying that ‘the crude was suspected to be stolen from well ahead at the Eremor 1 Marginal Field’.
Suleiman said there will be no hiding place for oil thieves within the Command Area of Responsibility as the Command has intensified patrol of the Area of Responsibility.
Admiral Suleiman has recorded tremendous success in the fight against crude oil theft barely two weeks on assumption of office in the region.
This feat, he has achieved based on the Zero Tolerance on crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering activities and other sundry crimes in Central Naval Command Area of Responsibility.
The FOC assured that the Navy will continue to make the illegal business of crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other sundry crimes unattractive.
The Flag Officer Commanding was accompanied by the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Delta; Commodore Aliyu Sule, Commander Nigerian Naval Base Yenagoa; Commodore Yakubu Wambai, Command Deputy Operation Officer; Navy Captain Mustapha Hassan, amongst other Principal Staff Officers of the Central Naval Command.