Twenty-five people and two ocean-going vessels involved in illegal bunkering activities have been arrested by the men of the Nigerian Navy, along the waterways of the Niger Delta in Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
The two seized vessels identified as MV Hanan, which has nine crew member and MV Alezza Lilah with 14 Nigerians, a Ghanaian and a Camerounian, were arrested with over 300,000 metric tonnes of stolen and illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) on board the vessels.
According to Navy Capt. Noel Madugu, the Commanding Officer of the Naval Forward Operating Base (FOB) NNS Formoso on Brass Island, whose men made the arrest, the MV HANAN L was intercepted at 23 nautical miles, South-west of Pennington when their actions became suspicious.
He said the vessel had six tanks fully loaded with AGO but had no bunkering approval on board at the time of arrest.