The Nigerian Navy in Delta state has arrested a self propelled barge loaded with an estimated 4000 metric tonnes, equivalent of 400 truck load of suspected crude oil.
Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, CNC, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman who briefed the press Friday at the Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS Delta in Warri said the boat, MT Camille, was caught on November 15 along with an 11-man crew in Forcados waters where Shell operates an oil terminal.
“The crew captain is making serious confessional statement, but this is such a big break that we can’t let the details out now so as not to compromise the investigation. We have informed the oil majors operating in the area too.
“No ordinary person can put a 400 trucks capacity crude oil stealing boats on the river. This is a big break. We will get to the bottom of this and get the kingpins, working with other relevant stakeholders.”
The crew members were paraded by the Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Raimi Mohammed who said they would be handed to relevant agencies for further investigation and prosecution.