33 suspects were on Thursday paraded by the Nigerian Navy for their alleged involvement in illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalisation and piracy.
The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, Commodore Duja Effedua told reporters in Port Harcourt that the suspects were arrested by security operatives in various locations in Rivers State.
Effedua explained that apart from the suspects, the Navy also seized a vessel carrying 820 tonnes of substance suspected to be crude oil, off the Gulf of Guinea.
He pointed out that the vessel known as Divine Favour had fake papers and without a bill of laden.
He said, “The Navy recently arrested a mother ship used in receiving stolen crude. The name of the vessel is MT Divine Favour. We have been following the vessel for almost a month.
“The Navy will hand over this vessel to the appropriate authority in due course.”
Explaining that the arrest of some of the suspects took place off the coast of Bonny and the open sea along Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas of the state, Effedua added that many of them had confessed to the crime.
The NNS Pathfinder commander said the Navy had mobilised its officers to apprehend sea pirates due to the high incidence of oil theft and attack on travellers.