Tantita security firm won another war against illegal bunkering in Niger Delta

Tantita security firm won another war against illegal bunkering in Niger Delta

In another major feat achieved by a private security outfit, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL) has won another battle in war against illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region

In less than one week, Tantita, operated by Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has secured the forfeiture of two illegal bunkering vessels to the Federal Government.

Two Federal High Courts, sitting in Abuja, have ordered the forfeiture of MT Kali and MT Harbor Spirit, to the federal government.

The courts also ordered the sale of the stolen crude oil contained in the impounded ocean-going equipments by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL).

The courts directed that the proceeds from the exercise be deposited by NNPCL in an interest yielding account to be determined by Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court.

Tantita security firm won another war against illegal bunkering in Niger Delta

The two vessels were arrested by the operatives of a private security firm, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL) in conjuction with the special task force set up by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admial Emmanuel Ogalla.

The MT Kali was arrested while siphoning crude oil from Pennington Oil field of the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Bayelsa State, on January 11, 2024.

Twenty crew members, including community boys’ accomplices, were arrested in the operation.

Investigations into the arrest of MT Kali, were being intensified as operatives of Tantita apprehended MT Harbor Spirit weeks after, on February 4th.

The Moldovian vessel was caught while stealing crude oil from Sengana oilfields in the coastal axis of Bayelsa State.

Delivering an interim order of forfeiture in the case filed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, yesterday, Justice J.K. Omotosho, ordered that MT Harbor Spirit and its content be forfeited to the federal government pending when any party might show cause why the order should not be made final within 6 months.

According to the certified true copy of the order obtained by our correspondent, the court directed that affidavit of compliance with its order be filled before it within 72 hours after the sale of the confisticated petroleum products contained in the ship.

A five-count charge was slammed against the vessel and its crew in the case number FHC/ABJ/CR/60/2024. The charges were deposed to by Mr. Idris Abdullahi Mohammed, a Chief Superintendent of Police, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPI) headed by Mr. Lot Lantoh Garba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

A sister federal high court, in Abuja, in an earlier landmark judgement,ordered the forfeiture of MT Kali and its content to the federal authorities.

The police in the Charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/18/2024 B/W: INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE V. MT KALI & 22 ORS, had arraigned the vessel and its 22 crew members before Justice J.O. Abdulmalik.

Justice Abdulmalik also granted the motion for the interim forfeiture of MT Kali & her content to the federal government.

This is the first time in recent time when oil thieves and their barons are being prosecuted and brought to book.

The case is being prosecuted to logical conclusion in the act of dexterity and patriotic zeal by the operatives of Tantita led by its Executive Director, Operations and Technical Services, Captain Warriedi Enisuoh and IGP-STFPI).
The investigation and prosection of the two bunkering ships and their crew members were being diligently coordinated by Enisuoh and Head, Investigation, IGP-STPIB, Mr. Omar John Sini, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).

Tantita has been hailed by many stakeholders in the nation’s oil and gas industry for its relentless efforts to end the menace of crude oil theft and other sharp practices associated with petroleum products.

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