Nigerian Navy Burns Down Confiscated Ship Carrying 350,000 L Of Illegally Refined Diesel

The Navy of Nigeria has reportedly set ablaze an oil vessel dubbed “MV Cecilia” loaded with nearly 350,000 litres of robbed Automated Gas Oil or AGO, also famous as diesel, in Woji, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area based in Port Har- court metropolis, Rivers State in Nigeria.

On 16 August, the Nigerian Navy Ship personnel, Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, intercepted the oil vessel. Three suspects have been arrested.

According to the Navy, the seized MV Cecelia Imo, a vessel with a storage capacity of over 350,000 barrels of crude, which ought to be a service boat, was converted to a storage tank for illegally refined products suspected to be AGO.

Nigerian Navy Burns Down Confiscated Ship
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The Commander of Operation Delta Safe, who reportedly confirmed the incident, said the vessel was inactive for two years but was utilized as a storage tank for unlawfully refined items.

He said that the water tanks were converted into storage tanks for unlawful products and that the vessel hadn’t been to the sea in the past two years.

Ferrera was duly represented by Commodore Adedokun Siyanbade, the maritime component commander associated with the Joint Task Force dedicated to Operation Delta Safe, South-South.

Before it was finally put ablaze, two naval gunboats with experienced personnel had strategically escorted the impounded oil vessel alongside one tug boat.

They successfully managed to push the vessel to a safe location in the sea, where it convulsed into a flame. The procedure is understood to have lasted for about two hours.

References: The Guardian, The Will, Daily Post

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  1. This is the rape of a nation!
    * the environment is polluted.
    * the valuable AGO is wasted
    * useful evidence is destroyed
    Who is the Nigerian Navy fighting for? Are they protecting the oil thieves?

  2. What is drawing curiosity about this repeated burning of vessels with stolen oil in Nigeria is that we never read the story of how the Nigerian Navy was able to trace the origin and masterminds the stolen oil. Not even one time. If there is no cover up somewhere which is a regular occurrence with this type of cases, why can’t they get to the bottom of who loaded the vessel, who authorized the shipment and who and who gave the necessary documentation for the vessel to sail in and out of the Nigerian water. Are they also burning the oil with the ships or do they burn them after they have removed the contents? There are more questions than answers in this and several other similar stories. I guess I am forgetting that it is Nigeria!

  3. There is NO SAFE place to push the vessel into the sea before setting it ablaze! What a total environmental hazard & no company, person, etc will be held liable😪🔥😡😡

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