23 October 2011
The Federal Government crusade against crude oil theft and illegal refining of petroleum products in the Niger Delta received a boost weekend following the arrest of 46 suspects including three women by men of the Joint Task Force codename Operation Restore Hope in
. Bayelsa State
The suspects operating in huge local wooden boats referred to as Cotonu boats were nabbed by a patrol team of the Joint Task Force along the Nun river in the Akassa axis of Brass local government in an attempt to discharge their consignment of illegally refined petroleum products into a ship, MV Omiesam, an International Maritime Organisation IMO vessel with registration no 7048611.
It was gather that the Cotonu boats were carrying about about 700 drums of illegally refined petroleum products which translate to about 187,500 litres of adulterated fuel.
Oil vessel impounded by JTF, with 187,500 litres of adulterated fuel in Bayelsa
The impounded vessels and consignment were impounded taken to government jetty in Yenagoa.
But the captain of the impounded vessel MV Omiesam, who gave his name as Fidelis Roland in an interview said, “Our company identified as Geo Fluids Marine Ltd sent us to Brass to load AGO and on getting there, we have not started loading before we were arrested by the soldiers.”