Men and officers of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS, Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, yesterday, impounded 3,000 metric ton-capacity ship allegedly standing by to steal crude oil from pipelines in Rivers State.
Newly appointed Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Atiku Abdulkadir disclosed this yesterday while speaking aboard the seized ship at Dutch Island in Okrika local government area of the state.
Abdulkadir said the ship code named MT Everest was impounded on October 2 with 12 of its crew members who neither had certificates and approval to operate in the area.
He said: “The boat was seen here with her hoses connected to their cargo tank which indicated readiness to conduct some illegalities.
“Though the ship had no content as of the time it was accosted by our personnel – but it was getting ready to load product. None of the crew members had any certificate and competency to justify them serving aboard the merchant tanker ship.”
Abdulkadir, who is currently on tour of navy formations and units in Rivers State, said preliminary investigation had already begun to unravel why such a ship should be in the channel without license.
He informed that the suspects will be handed over to officials of the Federal Ministry of Justice to commence prosecution after investigations are concluded, if they are found guilty.
“We are confident with the pressure shown by the federal government and the judiciary willingness to quick dispensation of justice to cases of crude oil theft’, he said.

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