ACCRA-A Nigerian flagged vessel ‘M.T. Madina’ has been arrested in Accra, Ghana for carrying crude oil stolen from Nigeria to a private jetty in Accra, Ghana.
The vessel which was arrested on Saturday by the Ghanian Naval Authority was said to have lifted the crude from a mother vessel in Nigeria when sailing to Ghana.
The ownership of the vessel could not be ascertained as at press time, but members of the Indigenous Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (ISAN) are working round the clock to uncover the owner of the vessel.
It was gathered that the ship’s Captain and his crew are currently being detained by the Ghanian authority even as they commenced investigation into the matter.
When contacted the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka, said that the Agency was not aware of the development.
Local shipping operators have also expressed concerns over the increase in the volume of crude oil theft in Nigeria.
Reacting to the development, an operator in the Nigerian maritime industry who begged not to be mentioned described the incident as unfortunate adding that ISAN members have warned against doing anything that might bring the group to ridicule.