An oil-laden vessel, the TUG MV STEPH I, found without proper documentation and approvals, was apprehended on the creeks of Delta by the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta.
The vessel, which was seized on July 6, 2023, at KFT Yard Edjeba, Warri, for suspected unauthorized discharge of Automated Gas Oil (AGO), was formally handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Warri on Tuesday.
Commander Chindo Yahaya of NNS Delta, represented by Navy Commander Samuel Musa, conducted the official handover to EFCC officials led by Assistant Commander II, Gomina Francis, at a briefing for journalists.
The Navy disclosed that the vessel was detained due to its questionable activities, discharging product into rubber tanks without the required documentation and approvals.
The vessel is now subject to a thorough investigation by the EFCC, who will take further necessary action.
Similarly, another incident involved the arrest of a barge named SIMI, carrying approximately 120,000 liters of suspected AGO.
NNS Delta operatives captured the barge on July 6 at Workson Jetty Edjeba, Warri South Local Government Area, for lacking the necessary documentation and approvals.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the product onboard was an accumulation of remnants from various vessels. The barge, like the TUG MV STEPH I, was handed over to the EFCC for a detailed investigation and subsequent actions.