The business enterprise described in a statement that its personnel who have been on the course of the suspected oil thieves were rather arrested and detained for sporting out their lawful duty.
“The continued detention thru manner of method of the Nigerian Navy of these five brave, selfless
Nigerians who risked their lives on the immoderate seas to shield our commonwealth is a disservice to our state,” TSL said in a statement on Saturday.
The Nigerian Navy had claimed that the Tantita patrol team modified into arrested following the realisation that the “four human beings are part of a movement of a large wood boat laden with 11 x 1000L Geepee tanks with product suspected to be stolen crude oil.”
But narrating what transpired, TSL, which has been strolling to decrease the huge-scale theft of crude oil withinside the us of a, described that its eight-man patrol organization jogging in Ondo State received credible intelligence on Monday that a motorised wooden boat come to be illegally loading crude oil from an Offshore Oil Well Jacket operated with the resource of the usage of Cavendish Nigeria Limited, in which the MT TURA II have become caught stealing crude oil a few months withinside the beyond.
An broaden team, it said, modified into dispatched to discover the wood boat at the same time as a returned-up organization of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps modified into assembled to conform with through on the lead.
The TSL in its assertion subsidized with a video of the incident, further said that the development institution with the help of close by fishermen became able to determine that the motorised timber boat have become heading withinside the path of Lagos and gave heat pursuit.
It said, “Upon noticing the imminent Tantita corporations, the organization of the motorised timber boat abandoned the timber boat for their tempo boat.
The statement was titled, ‘ARREST OF TANTITA OPERATIVES AND PARADE BY THE NIGERIAN NAVY – A
TRAGICOMEDY OF ERRORS.’
It read, “On 31st of August 2023 the area awakened to a facts story credited to the Commander, NNS BEECROFT of the Nigeria Navy, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, that the Nigerian Navy arrested four Tantita personnel for alleged crude oil theft. It would possibly had been comedy, if it emerge as now not moreover tragedy.
“The Navy is a constitutional organization mandated to keep Nigeria’s seaward
borders steady from invasion, unlawful hobby and free for economic activities. Tantita
respects the company and its constitutional mandate. And it have become out of that appreciate that a couple weeks withinside the beyond even as there was a face off most of the service and Tantita over the MT Praisel, our enterprise preferred to head away the Nigerian Navy to have the ultimate word on the trouble.
“It was our belief at the time that the hassle have become a misconception that might have been better dealt with for the fine of the u . s . a . and the now no longer unusualplace aim of Tantita and the Navy – the prevention of financial sabotage thru oil thieves plying their nefarious trade on our state’s waterways.
“However the present incident, coming barely three weeks after, does now not seem to assist that notion. What seems to be playing is a poorly written tragicomedy.
The Nigerian Navy’s story is that withinside the early hours of August 29th 2023 there was an attempt via Tantita operatives to steal crude which they foiled.
“They claim to have been responding to distress calls from youths in Itolou Community withinside the Lekki axis of Lagos, and “reviewing the records, Naval patrol corporations proper now launched a response operation. Upon arrival at the scene, the Naval institution met 4 human beings carrying black polo shirts with TANTITA inscribed on the again, seeking to get higher a dismantled outboard engine from a close by. The organization recovered the engine and apprehended the 4 Tantita employees.
“According to the Nigerian Navy’s assertion, “It have become after this arrest that the patrol group located out that the 4 humans are part of a movement of a massive timber boat laden with 11 x 1000L Geepee tanks with product suspected to be stolen crude oil.”
“So it is probably seen that at the time of arrest, the simplest crime that the Tantita
operatives were supposed to have dedicated have become trying to get higher a dismantled outboard engine. Thus, getting higher outboard engines is now a crime.
“More thrilling is the absence of a link some of the outboard engine healing story and the sudden epiphany – the notion via the army patrol organization that the four humans they arrested are part of a movement of a massive wood boat at sea wearing stolen crude oil. The disjoint withinside the story is jarring.
“On the other hand, that’s what occurred in fact. On Monday the twenty 8th of August 2023 at about 0130hours a Tantita Security Services Patrol institution walking withinside the Ondo State region obtained credible intelligence that a motorised wooden boat emerge as illegally loading crude oil from an Offshore Oil Well Jacket – in reality the identical Well Jacket in OML 110 operated thru Cavendish Nigeria Limited, in which the MT TURA II modified into caught stealing Crude Oil a few months withinside the beyond.
“An growth institution changed into dispatched to find the timber boat on the identical time as a decrease again up organization such as NSCDC problem of the Government Security Agencies (GSA) emerge as assembled to study via on the lead. While we can not name the NSCDC personnel for obvious reasons, they were six in amount and our personnel had been eight now not four in variety.
“The enhance team with the help of close by fisherfolk become able to determine that the motorised wooden boat was heading withinside the course of Lagos and gave heat pursuit. Upon noticing the approaching Tantita agencies the organization of the motorised timber boat abandoned the wooden boat for their speed boat. One team of Tantita and NSCDC personnel boarded the wooden boat to solid the evidence at the same time as each different team gave heat pursuit.
There is video evidence of the Tantita institution together with NSCDC personnel.
“There is also evidence of the Tantita and GSA group giving chase to the group of the boat. How then did the Nigerian Navy get involved in this operation? The video moreover suggests the Tantita group trying to strong the wooden boat which emerge as
taking in water (this could have resulted from an try to scuttle the boat with the resource of the usage of
the escaping crew; everybody who’s conscious Yoruba can listen in on the
“Surprisingly the escaping group of the motorised wooden boat fled withinside the path of the Nigerian Navy Forward Operation Base at Ibeju-Lekki, so the Tantita and NSCDC personnel found in heat pursuit believing that the criminals may want to meet their Waterloo there. They have been wrong.
“Instead of the fleeing group being arrested, it was the Tantita personnel who came proper all of the manner right all the way down to apprehend the fleeing group that emerge as arrested. After arresting Tantita personnel and freeing the institution, the Nigerian Navy personnel then went to the motorised wooden boat and drove out the combined Tantita/GSA organization in search of to maintain the boat and the evidence afloat.
“The Nigerian Navy press release was now no longer some thing but a smear advertising and marketing marketing campaign, the Navy has been sharing pictures in social media of the Tantita staff in their custody in various solar sun shades of undress but stored silent about the names of the boat group whom they
were chasing? In short, in which is the group that the Tantita personnel chased into
“Most importantly, in which is the boat now? You can virtually see the boat withinside the video
provided below. Did the Nigerian Navy strong the boat? Can the Nigerian Navy
supply an cause of the whereabouts of the motorised wooden boat? They were the closing seen with the boat.
“Nigerians can see why we are compelled to say that the Nigerian Navy’s press release modified into now no longer some thing but a smear advertising marketing campaign closer to Tantita and in all likelihood a cover up. Is it feasible that the Nigerian Navy deploys expensive assets in in recent times of expensive
petrol/diesel to answer communal distress calls regarding commercial disputes as to ownership of outboard engines? Again, permit us to assume for the sake of argument that the distress call became with admire to taking pics in Itolou community in Lekki location of Lagos State, what have grow to be of that studies? Can the Navy tell the
usa, after four days of studies, who have become capturing?
“The time frames proper right here are important. Tantita patrol team took off at 0130hrs (1:30at night) on Monday twenty 8th August 2023, and observed the wooden boat at
approximately 1400hours (2 withinside the afternoon) same Monday twenty 8th August 2023 and were arrested thru the Navy a few hours in a while Monday twenty 8th of August 2023. Why then did the Navy press release say it arrested Tantita personnel on Tuesday 29th August 2023? Why is the Navy announcing it arrested 4 humans while in fact it arrested five?
“The Nigerian Navy is quite right at publicising films of their personnel boarding vessels suspected of conveying illicit crude and diffused products. Where is the Navy’s video of boarding this timber boat and arresting the Tantita personnel?
How do you arrest oil thieves you claimed were the usage of a wooden boat to thieve crude oil, on land?
“If really Tantita personnel were stealing crude with a boat, why did they need to barren region their timber boat weighted down with crude oil, tens of nautical miles farfar from the crime scene to get higher a dismantled outboard engine even as the timber boat had running engines? There are too many gaps withinside the Navy press prelease.
In one breathe the Nigerian Navy is pronouncing Tantita employees were caught trying to steal an outboard engine and in another breathe they are saying the Tantita operatives were arrested for trying to forcibly rent the owner of the boat to do their bidding.
“Quite thrilling. The arrest for four days and parade of Tantita employees thru the Nigerian Navy as now no longer unusualplace criminals is to be deprecated via all right wondering members of society; at a time even as our nation is in dire straits with the extraordinary loss of income from a monocultural export-based definitely economy, the ones personal own family men located their lives at danger for the best of the united states of america and are truly being made to undergo ridicule for doing the right component. It serves to demoralise appropriate men everywhere who have sought and are searching for to perform a little issue to better our state.
“As fast as the ones men had been arrested the manage of Tantita reached out to the Nigerian Navy on the lookout for rationalization of the situation, for four days the Navy said
they were investigating and that the men is probably launched. We now have the
very last outcomes of their studies in that poorly digested press release.
“There are even greater damning revelations, which out of courtesy to the Navy hierarchy and the desires of national protection we will now now no longer display on the pages of a newspaper.
“The continued detention with the resource of the use of the Nigerian Navy of these five brave, selfless
Nigerians who risked their lives on the immoderate seas to defend our commonwealth is a disservice to our u . s . a ..”