Benin Republic Arrest Nigerian Oil-bunkering Vessel, 4 Suspects

It was not immediately clear where the ship and its crew were heading when the incident occurred.

Four persons, in an oil bunkering ship, were Tuesday arrested by Benin Republic authorities after a failed attempt to illegally export about 35,000 metric tons of crude oil believed smuggled from Nigeria.

Luck ran out on the quartet suspected to be Nigerian representatives of an oil-bunkering ring in the West African sub-region.

The ship, laden with crude oil presumed stolen from the Niger Delta, was said to have broken down on the high seas midway into its ill-fated journey.

It was not immediately clear where the ship and its crew were heading when the incident occurred.

But Beninoise coastal guards arrested the suspects at Zone de Ambassad/Leobelle located off the coast line of Cotonou, according to Canal 3, the Beninoise state television station.

A Nigerian resident of the area, Adam Mohammad, told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday that the ship attracted attention when it lost engine on the high seas for about a week.

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Source: http://www.bunkerportsnews.com

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