Vessel with 20,000 litres of refined product destroyed in Rivers

Vessel with 20,000 litres of refined product destroyed in Rivers

with 20,000 litres of refined product destroyed in

A , MV OFUOMA, allegedly used for illegal oil at the Abuloma Jetty in Port Harcourt, , has been destroyed by the on Wednesday.

The vessel, which was laden with about 20,000 litres of the alleged refined product, was seized by the Operation Delta Safe, alongside a wooden used for transferring the product into the vessel.

According to the , the vessel and the wooden were pushed far into the deep waters to a safe location before it was destroyed.

The Commander, South-South, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Olusegun Ferreira, while speaking at site of the destruction, said the product was set ablaze after the Mainstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority tested and confirmed it to be an .

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Ferreira, who was represented by Maritime Component Commander Operation Delta Safe, Commodore Adedokun Siyanbade, said the vessel MV OFUOMA was intercepted by the on August 27, 2023, in Abuloma, Port Harcourt

According to him, the arrest and destruction of the product was in line with the extant mandate to eradicate the reign of theft, vandalism and other criminality.

Rear Admiral Ferreira further said the vessel MV CECELIA earlier arrested on August 25, 2023, had since been destroyed.

“In line with the mandate of Joint Task Joint South-south Operation Delta Safe, the Joint Force is determined to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the fight against theft, vandalism and other criminality in Region.

“This be attested to with the numerous achievements that have been recorded in the cause of our operations.

“Recall that on August 15, 2023, intercepted a vessel MV CECELIA in Port Harcourt, which was used as a storage and dispensing unit for .

“The vessel was later handled after thorough investigation and confirmation that the product was illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel)”, Ferreira said.

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