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Army arrests oil vessel, 14 crew members

By EMMA ARUBI

*Alleges N14m bribe offer
The 3 Battallion Army, Effurun, near Warri, Delta State has arrested  an  oil vessel  together with its 14 crew members  at Bennet Island along the Warri waterways.

The arrest was effected by the Sector One command code-named Operation Pulo Shield in an operation led by the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Ifeanyi Otu,  in Warri South council area.

Parading the crew members, out  said the discovery of the vessel is shocking, noting that some persons approached him and offered to pay him  N14m to allow the vessel access to Warri.

He said he played along with them and monitored the vessel until it got to Benneth Island and ordered its arrest, saying a thorough investigation would be conducted to unmask the barons behind the deal.

According to the commander, the  crew members  would be taken to the Brigade Headquarters at Benin and handed over to Brig-Gen. Pat Aker, saying that the directive from the 4 Battalion to stem the illicit trade would be implemented to the letter.


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