Operatives of the private security firm, Tanita Security Services, successfully intercepted a vessel suspected of carrying stolen crude oil in the Koko area of Delta State.
The vessel, named MT Praisel, was flying a Togolese flag and being escorted by a Navy boat under the command of a senior Naval Commander.
Tanita Security Services, owned by ex-Niger Delta agitator Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, faced resistance from the navy boat but persisted in their mission.
After seeking authorization from the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the security firm was granted permission to inspect the vessel.
Discovery of the Vessel:
On a particular Wednesday, Tanita Security Services intercepted a vessel in the Koko area of Delta State, suspected of carrying stolen crude oil.
The vessel, known as MT Praisel, was carrying approximately 8,100 barrels of crude, weighing 1,117 tons.
It was accompanied by a Navy boat led by a senior Naval Commander.
This interception raised suspicions and prompted the private security firm to take further action.
Resistance from the Navy Boat:
As Tanita Security Services confronted the Navy boat escorting the suspected stolen crude vessel, they were met with resistance.
The senior Naval Commander leading the escort reportedly threatened decisive action against the private operatives.
However, despite the threats, the private security firm did not back down from their mission to intercept the vessel.
Authorization and Inspection:
In response to the tense situation, Tanita Security Services contacted the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, seeking permission to inspect the vessel.
After thorough communication with the authorities, they were granted authorization to proceed with the inspection.
Upon boarding the vessel, Tanita Security Services discovered that the Navy had authorized it to transport products.
However, they found a crucial discrepancy; the vessel lacked the necessary approvals from the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).
This raised further suspicions about the legitimacy of the vessel’s cargo and the potential involvement of illicit activities.
The interception of the MT Praisel by Tanita Security Services brings to light the issue of stolen crude oil in the region.
Despite facing resistance from the Navy, the private security firm’s determination and cooperation with the authorities led to the inspection of the vessel.
The absence of approvals from NMDPRA indicates potential wrongdoing, requiring further investigation to determine the true nature of the vessel’s cargo and those responsible for its operation.