The combined military task force has apprehended a ship carrying 150,000 tonnes of crude oil in Ondo State. According to Warredi Enisuoh, the operations manager of Tantita Security Services Limited, his organization supplied valuable information that assisted security forces in capturing the vessel.
Despite the vessel’s arrest occurring along the Ondo coastline, Enisuoh mentioned that it was transported to Oporoza, Delta State, for public exhibition.
Enisuoh revealed that the ship altered its name to MT Tura II after initially being registered in Togo, and it had been previously seized by security forces.
Enisuoh said: “It was a bit of a joint operation. As you know, the NNPC has been at the forefront of battling this crude oil theft.
“As you can see, the military has also been very supportive when it comes to battling this crude oil theft. We got intelligence on this vessel a long time back.
“As you know, it is a notorious ship. It has been notorious for stealing crude oil to foreign countries here and there.
“But somehow, it is not stronger than the Nigerian military might and with our intelligence and their support and power, we were able to bring this vessel to book on the 7th of July, 2023.”
“It was under arrest for some time but somehow, somewhere, it was able to evade capture but the current military and its forces were able to heed to our intelligence and jointly, we were able to bring it to book.
“It has been evading capture for a long time and the Tura II has not got any documentation concerning Nigeria within the ship,” he added.