In Delta State’s Koko area, a vessel reportedly carrying stolen crude oil was intercepted by the Tanita Security Services. This private security company, owned by Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, had been contracted by the Federal Government to safeguard oil pipelines.
The vessel, named MT Praisel, was flying a Togolese flag and accompanied by a Navy boat led by a senior naval commander. The Tanita operatives faced resistance from the naval escort, with threats of retaliation from the commander. Despite the confrontation, the private operatives persisted.
Eventually, the Tanita Security Services reached out to the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla. After receiving authorization, they inspected the vessel.
Inside the ship, they discovered that the navy had permitted the vessel to carry products but lacked approval from the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) for this particular voyage.
This incident highlights the ongoing concern raised by the Federal Government regarding the illegal trade of stolen crude oil, which has caused significant economic losses for Nigeria. In the past 12 months alone, the losses were estimated at N2.3 trillion, potentially impacting up to 25% of the nation’s crude oil production. Additionally, the recent removal of petrol subsidies has led to nationwide workers’ union demonstrations.
Asari Dokubo, another ex-Niger Delta agitator, recently met with President Bola Tinubu and informed journalists that corrupt military officers are also involved in the theft of Nigeria’s crude oil. These issues call for urgent attention and action to safeguard the country’s resources and economy.
Culled from Channels TV’s website
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