The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited conducted an inspection of an illicit crude oil vessel containing thousands of metric tonnes of crude oil. Tantita Security Services, a private security firm, intercepted the vessel.
According to an official statement posted on Monday via NNPC Ltd’s official X handle, the interception occurred in collaboration with the Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as the vessel was loading directly from an offshore platform in Bayelsa State.
“Earlier today, the Group CEO of NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, were in Oporoza, Warri, Delta State, to inspect MT Kali, an illegal crude oil vessel loaded with thousands of metric tonnes of crude oil, intercepted by Tantita Security Services, a private security firm, in collaboration with the Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), while it was loading directly from an offshore platform in Bayelsa State,” the NNPC said.
It said all 23 crew members onboard the illegal vessel have been arrested.
During the inspection tour of the illegal vessel on Monday, according to the statement, Musa said the military remains committed to working with NNPC Ltd and other government and private security agencies to halt the menace of crude oil theft in the Niger Delta.