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Oil Theft: Tantita Intercepts Another Vessel In Delta

Operatives of Tantita Security Services Limited have again intercepted another vessel in Delta State, South-South Nigeria.

Gatekeepers News reports that the seizure was made possible in collaboration with operatives of the Nigerian Navy.

Tantita Security Services Limited (TSSNL) owned by former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, was contracted by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to protect pipelines from vandalisation.

Although, the authorities are yet to brief journalists on the latest seizure, the vessel MT Harbour Spirit, with IMO No. 8226272, is anchored at the Tantita facility in Oporoza, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This comes barely a month after the naval authorities apprehended a vessel involved in crude oil theft in Igbokoda area of Ondo State.

According to a statement issued by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the 77-meter-long Motor Tanker (MT) VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS was arrested on December 7.

Ayo-Vaughan stated that the vessel, which had 17 crew members onboard at the time of arrest, was caught engaging in illegal siphoning of crude oil from one of the well heads at EBESAN oil field about 7 nautical miles off the coast of Awoye riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo state, South-west Nigeria.

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