…Nabs 8 crew members
The pipeline surveillance contract recently awarded to a security company owned by the ex-Niger-Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to assist curb oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the country, appears to be yielding targeted results, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) has been intercepted by Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, and his team.
The Security Personnel of the company, Tantita Security Services Limited, on Thursday, successfully arrested a crude oil super tanker, MT Deinmo, loaded with an unspecified quantity of crude oil at the Escravos River in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state.
In addition to the ship, eight crew members were also apprehended by the Tantita Security personnel. One of the security personnel, who was part of the operation, told newsmen that they got a tip-off that a ship was loading at the Escravos axis, adding that they subsequently went to the place and got the ship arrested. The Tantita security expert further alleged that he was offered a bribe of N25m to let the ship go but he turned down the offer.
On the capacity of the ship, he explained that the ship is 1,500 metric tons and had on board eight all Nigerian crew members, while noting that the captain confessed that they came in from Lagos, and that if they were not arrested the ship would have sailed back to Lagos. Meanwhile, it was gathered that the intercepted ship had been handed over to the Nigerian Navy on Saturday.
Recall that team of Tantita Security Services, led by its Managing Director, Engr. Kestin Pondi, on Friday, took security operatives and oil industry leaders, including Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, NNPC Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, among others, to the site of the discovered illegal oil pipeline which was deftly plugged into the Trans-Escravos pipeline.