11 arrested as Navy intercepts vessel with stolen crude

The Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft has arrested a motor tanker, SAISNIL II, allegedly involved in crude oil theft in Lagos State.
According to a statement released on Saturday by the NNS Base Information Officer, Lieutenant H Ibrahim, the St. Vincent & Grenadines flag vessel had 11 crew onboard at the time of arrest.
The Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral MB Hassan, was quoted in the statement, as saying that SAISNIL II initially sailed from Lagos anchorage to the Taraba Jetty in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to evacuate about 720,000 litres of crude oil sludge on November 23, 2023.

Hassan added that the manipulation of the vessel’s Automatic Identification System around ABO Field for over 48 hours raised concerns about illegalities.

He also stated that the infraction necessitated the deployment of NNS Sokoto, which sailed 199 nautical miles to intercept and return the vessel to Lagos anchorage.

The statement read, “In a commendable display of maritime security prowess the patrol team of NNS Beecroft under the auspices of the Commander, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, who also is the Maritime Component Commander Operation Awatse, arrested a vessel motor tanker SAISNIL II, St. Vincent & Grenadines flag vessel which had 11 crew onboard at the time of arrest.

“SAISNIL II initially sailed from Lagos anchorage on November 23, 2023, to Taraba Jetty in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to evacuate about 720,000 litres of crude oil sludge.

He also stated that the infraction necessitated the deployment of NNS Sokoto, which sailed 199 nautical miles to intercept and return the vessel to Lagos anchorage.

The statement read, “In a commendable display of maritime security prowess the patrol team of NNS Beecroft under the auspices of the Commander, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, who also is the Maritime Component Commander Operation Awatse, arrested a vessel motor tanker SAISNIL II, St. Vincent & Grenadines flag vessel which had 11 crew onboard at the time of arrest.

“SAISNIL II initially sailed from Lagos anchorage on November 23, 2023, to Taraba Jetty in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to evacuate about 720,000 litres of crude oil sludge.

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