Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Thursday, arrested a vessel, MT Green Dolphin, with suspected stolen crude oil on Lagos waters.
Disclosing this to newsmen yesterday, NIMASA’s Director-General, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, said the vessel, with 700 metric tonnes of crude oil, had been detained and crew handed over to the Police for further investigation.
Akpobolokemi said the agency had been monitoring the movement of the vessel before the arrest.
He explained that the vessel had been arrested and released around December last year, following a court order to effect some repairs on her.
He said: “After the release of the vessel, she remained under the surveillance of NIMASA until she was found to have been involved in clandestine activities within the West African coast.
“We also discovered that the vessel had been involved in other criminal activities in the past as most of the crew on board have confessed to some of these crimes.”
He explained that a crime free maritime environment is one of the greatest desires of the agency.
The NIMASA boss stated the agency has zero tolerance for oil theft and pirate activities on the nation’s waters, adding that these crimes contribute to economic sabotage.