Court Orders Evacuation of Bunkered Vessels
A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, has ordered Fenix Impex Nigeria Limited, operator of MT HOPE and MT BESKID, two vessels confiscated by the Nigerian Navy over allegations of illegal oil bunkering, to evacuate petroleum products contained in the two vessels. The order was conveyed by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to representatives of the company at the Navy Office complex in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State .
Crew members on board the vessels had earlier been arrested and charged to court.
While presenting the order to the Chairman of Fenix Impex Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jaret Tenede, the Flag Officer Commanding ( FOC), Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral J. O. Olatoyin, urged all parties involved in the case to be present during the evacuation process, so as to ensure that the excercise is carried out as contained in the court order. Also present at the occasion were the managing director of Fenix Impex Nigeria Limited, Mr. Collins Inebe, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
It would be recalled that one of the vessels: MT HOPE and the crew members were arrested on April 29th , 2008, along Chanomi Creek near Escravos in Delta State, for illegally carrying 4,000 metric tones of petroleum products suspected to be illegally bunkered. The crew members were arraigned in court and convicted on April 30th, 2012, and sentenced to eight years imprisonment by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Benin, Edo State.
The case involving the second vessel: MT BESKID is still running in court