Operatives of the security outfit of former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, have intercepted an illegal vessel loaded with crude oil in Delta State.
According to a report, the crude oil tanker, was loaded with an unspecified quantity of crude oil at the Escravos River in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, when it was intercepted with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number 7210526, loaded with an unspecified quantity of crude oil.
In addition to the ship, eight (8) crew members were also apprehended by the Tantita Security personnel.
Tantita Security Services Limited is an organization owned by High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, the Ibe-Ebidouwei of Ijaw Nation and leader of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).
It was disclosed that, they got a tip off that a ship was loading at the Escravos axis. The Tantita security personnel went to the place and got the ship arrested.
The Tantita security personnel further added that he was offered a bribe of N25m to let the ship go but he turned down the offer.
On the capacity of the ship, he explained that the ship is 1,500 metric tons and had on board eight all Nigerian crew members.
While noting that the captain confessed that they came in from Lagos and that if they were not arrested, the ship would have sailed back to Lagos.