NIMASA DG, PATRICK AKPOBOLOKEMI
The Maritime Guard of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has arrested a service cargo vessel, MV Arti laden with over 80,000 litres of suspected ‘cooked’ automotive gas oil.
The said vessel was arrested at the Bakare Jetty, Kirikiri water front, Apapa while discharging her illicit cargo into trucks for onward distribution and sale.
The Maritime Guard Command also arrested two crew members of the vessel who were supervising discharge of the cargoes into trucks.
In a statement from the Deputy Director, Public Relations of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, other crew members and operators of the receiving trucks had disappeared from the loading point on sighting officers of the Maritime Guard Command of the Agency.
The vessel is now being detained at the NIMASA Resource Centre Jetty, Kirikiri, Apapa, Lagos.
The arrested vessel and crew members, the statement said, will be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.