Navy destroys 20,000-litre oil-laden vessel in Rivers


The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday set ablaze another vessel allegedly used for illegal oil bunkering at the Abuloma jetty in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The vessel, MV OFUOMA laden with about 20,000 illegally refined products was arrested by the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, alongside a wooden boat used for transferring the product into the vessel.

The vessel and the wooden boat were pushed far into the deep waters to a safe location before it was destroyed.

Speaking at the site of the destruction, Commander, Joint Task Force South-South, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Olusegun Ferreira, said the product was set ablaze after the Nigerian Mainstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority tested and confirmed it to be an illegally refined product.

Represented by Maritime Component Commander Operation Delta Safe, Commodore Adedokun Siyanbade, Ferriera said the vessel MV OFUOMA was intercepted by the troops on August 27, 2023, in Abuloma, Port Harcourt

He said the arrest and destruction of the product were in line with the extant mandate to eradicate the reign of crude oil theft, vandalism, and other criminality.

Rear Admiral Ferreira further said the vessel MV CECELIA earlier arrested on August 25, 2023, had since been destroyed

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