The Navy arrested 21 suspects
The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of 21 suspects and seizure of two vessels along the waterway and creeks of Agbami Oil field and Obi Creeks in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
A statement obtained by PREMIUM TIMES in Yenagoa on Tuesday, signed by the Flag Officer Commanding of the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sidi-Ali Usman, said the arrested suspects were all Nigerians.
According to the statement, the seized vessels lacked the necessary permits to lift crude oil.
The two vessels were laden with 2.111million litres crude oil at the time of arrest.
The vessels were intercepted at separate points along the Ebi Creeks and Agbami Oil Field between December 26, 2013 and January 14, 2014.
“They were unable to tender relevant documents such as Nigerian Port Authority bunkering permit and the NNPC nomination for crude oil lifting.
“And they lack the certificate of registration with the Joint Military Task for and did not have the Naval Headquarters approval for the movement of petroleum products within the command area of responsibility.
“The determination of the Nigerian Navy and the Central Naval Command in particular, to completely eradicate oil theft, illegal bunkering and other illegality in the Nigeria waters is total,” the Navy said.
The Navy further pledged to sustain the surveillance in waterways and creeks of the Niger Delta.