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Crude oil theft: Firm faults Navy on vessel’s arrest


A private company contracted by the Federal Government for crude oil pipeline surveillance, Tantita Security Services Limited, on Friday threatened to release a video recording of an alleged shady oil deal involving officers of the Nigerian Navy on the creeks of the Niger Delta region.

This was conveyed in a press release signed by Tantita’s Executive Director, Operations and Technical, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh, made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State, on Friday evening.

Enisuoh stated that the press release became imperative following an earlier statement issued by the Nigerian Navy which, according to him, Tantita viewed as “defamatory and libellous” to the organisation.

Tantita’s press release partly read: “In the statement made on Thursday, December 7, 2023, by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, he informed the general public that the Nigerian Navy had detected and arrested a 77-meter-long motor tanker for crude oil theft with her 17 crew members.

“He further added and we quote, ‘it is believed that Tantita Security Services is involved in these illegalities because Awoye riverine area which is close to the place of arrest is covered by TSS’. Again, it was upon the arrest of the vessel by the Nigerian Navy that TSS began to raise (the) false alarm, totally unfounded and indeed mischievous.”

“We are indeed saddened and disappointed that the Nigerian Navy could descend so low as to make such bizarre accusations against our organisation knowing the same to be false.

“Perhaps they are not aware that video evidence of what transpired between the Tantita operatives and the Nigerian Navy at the scene exists and has been transmitted to the highest authorities. We will therefore not join issues with the Nigerian Navy as we are well aware that Nigerians know who is who.”



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