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Navy seals tank farm for storing illegally-refined diesel

The Nigerian Navy has sealed a tank farm in Calabar, Cross River State, suspected to be storing illegally-refined diesel.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Victory, Commodore Rotimi Oderemi, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Calabar.

He stated that the tank farm was identified following an intelligence report from the military’s joint task force in the South-South codenamed “Operation Delta Safe’’.

“Based on the report, the tank farm was sealed and samples of the suspected illegally-refined diesel were taken for laboratory analysis.

“Investigation is on-going. I advise business owners and tank farm operators to operate within the confines of the law by obtaining necessary approvals for their operations,’’ Oderemi said.

It was reported that on February 24, a joint operation by the Nigerian and Cameroonian navies led to the interception of a vessel laden with 30,000 litres of crude oil suspected to have been stolen from Nigeria.

He told newsmen that at the inspection of the vessel at Ibaka in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, the vessel, MV Jasmine, was intercepted by a Nigerian Navy patrol boat, NNS Ekulu.

“Upon noticing NNS Ekulu, the suspected vessel proceeded to the international waters between Nigeria and Cameroon, just as NNS Ekulu was in its hot pursuit.

“Resulting from our collaboration and with the support of the Cameroonian Navy, the vessel was intercepted and brought to Ibaka with eight Nigerians on board,’’ he said.

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