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Representatives blamed for burning 800,000 barrels of stolen crude-laden ship

Jul 19, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives criticised the military and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited for burning a tanker containing 800,000 gallons of stolen petroleum.

The legislators adopted a resolution by Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi to stop security services from burning boats captured with stolen crude oil to reduce Niger Delta pollution.

Hon. Ereyitomi said that MT TURA II was intercepted, arrested, and destroyed in the Escravos River in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, on July 7, 2023.

On July 11, 2023, a combined team of Nigerian security personnel and NNPC Ltd. officials set MT TURA, an 800,000-tonne vessel, on fire.

In October 2022, MT DEIMA, a ship carrying 1500 metric tons of stolen crude oil, was arrested and set on fire in the Warri escravos river.

He claimed burning stolen, crude oil-laden boats will further damage the Niger Delta’s rich environment, already damaged by oil exploration. He cautioned that if security services maintain their actions, the Niger Delta’s fishing community’s livelihood and well-being will suffer.

Hence, the House ordered the Federal Government’s security forces to stop burning boats carrying stolen crude oil and ordered the Committee on Environment (when created) to enforce compliance.

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