How Video Evidence Exposes Naval Personnel Colluding with Crude Oil Thefts – Tantita

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Capt. Warredi Enisuoh, Executive Director – Operations and Technical, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited has denied allegation that his operatives were involved in crude oil theft by the Nigerian Navy stating further that “Perhaps they are not aware that video evidence of what transpired between the Tantita operatives and the Nigerian Navy at the scene exists and has been transmitted to the highest authorities. ”

Below are details of the Nigerian Navy allegation and what transpired at the high sea, in Ondo state

08/12/2023

TANTITA PRESS STATEMENT

Our attention has been drawn to a defamatory and libellous statement made by the Nigerian Navy against our organisation, Tantita Security Services Limited.

In the statement made on Thursday the 7th of December, 2023 by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, he informed the general public that the Nigerian Navy had detected and arrested a 77 meter long motor tanker for crude oil theft with her 17 crew members.

He further added and we quote “it is believed that Tantita Security Services is involved in these illegalities because Awoye riverine area which is close to the place of arrest is covered by TSS.

Again it was upon the arrest of the vessel by the Nigerian Navy that TSS began to raise false alarm, totally unfounded and indeed mischievous.”

We are indeed saddened and disappointed that the Nigerian Navy could descend so low as to make such bizarre accusations against our organisation knowing same to be false.

Perhaps they are not aware that video evidence of what transpired between the Tantita operatives and the Nigerian Navy at the scene exists and has been transmitted to the highest authorities.

We will therefore not join issues with the Nigerian Navy as we are well aware that Nigerians know who is who.

Capt. WarrediEnisuoh

Executive Director – Operations and Technical

Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited

 

In the last week, Tantita
Security Services Operatives in the
Igbokoda axis of Ondo State has been receiving and gathering
intelligence on a group of persons
planning to steal Crude Oil off the
coast of Ondo State. Apparently,
they had secured the thumbs-up
from unknown security personnel
as regards their intended
operation. The mode of the
stealing will be by ship, whose
name has been obliterated and
unknown.
Chief amongst the
beneficiaries of the planned
operation is one Mr. IWATAN
BAMITALEwhom is currently facing
charges in court under similar
circumstances.
The loading of the ship was to
commence just before 2200hrs
local time on the 6th of December
2023. Tantita Security Operatives got confirmation that the unknown
ship is on location and has made
fast to the Well Jacket and that
loading has commenced.
At about 0300hrs local time
Tantita Security Operatives set out
to secure the scene of the crime
via two boats. While underway,
information reached us that the
ship had onboard four AK-47 Riffles
and Ammunitions and we should
proceed with caution. This
prompted us to have a change in
plan from securing the ship in the
dark to laying siege in the area,
waiting for daylight hours.
As daylight approached, we
approached the ship to have a
clearer view. It was discovered
that it had already connected
hoses from the Wellhead to its deck and loading had
commenced. By this time, an
update also go to us that the
Nigerian Navy Forward Operating
Base has sent out gunboats in the
direction of the crime scene as
well. Their mission was to rescue
the ship from the Tantita
Operatives laying siege in the area
and securing it from being
boarded.
Not long after the information
about the Navy gunboats came in,
 at about 0700hrs local time, two
Navy Gunboats and one speed
boat donated to the Nigerian
Navy by the Ondo State
government four years ago,
approached and started firing
warning shots. The Tantita Security
Operatives had no choice but to
abandon securing the crime scene and calling for backup from
their Oporoza Base.
Backup from Tantita’s Oporza
base arrived on scene at about
mid afternoon. They couldn’t
approach the vessel which was still
made fast to the Wellhead with its
loading hose. We presume that
loading was still in progress as the
Nigerian Navy did all it could to
protect the ship.
We refused to leave the area
despite the Cat and Mouse chase
between the Tantita Operatives
and the Navy at sea. By evening
time, we got information that the
Navy had removed the Master of
the yet to be identified ship and
one other crew member to their
base in Lagos, for reasons we
consider obvious.From our deductions, owing
to the short time span and lack of
room given to the Crude Oil
thieves and the size of the hoses,
the ship hasn’t loaded much
before its planned operation was
disrupted. Though we are unsure
as to how much she has taken
since we couldn’t board the ship.
In the videos attached to this
report, you could clearly see the
Government Security forces
attached to Tantita Security
Operatives complaining about
how they were fired upon by the
Nigerian Navy. A situation that
continuously daunts us as we are Our attention is also focused
on the sponsor of the ill fated
voyage of this unidentified ship, by
the name of Mr. IWATAN
BAMITALE. We have attached the
charges filed against him and one
Mr. DEMEHIN ADESAYO. In addition,
 find below photographs of some
of Mr. IWATAN BAMITALE’s victims
whom are alive to tell their ordeal:Further intelligence reaching
Tantita Security Services is that Mr.
IWATAN BAMITALE, is apparently
connected and working with one
of the persons approaching the
NNPC for Pipeline Security
Contract.
And also, Mr. IWATAN
BAMITALE  works with an expert
living in Benin, specialized in
tampering with Well Jackets for
illegal off-take by ships. We are
currently on his trail.
While Tantita Security Services
will continue to lay siege and
monitor the situation as it unfolds in
addition as to the whereabouts of
the Well Jacket Engineer, with
updates, find below some of the
recommendations coming into
mind at the moment, that would
require urgent attention:
The Nigerian Navy be
implored to allow us bring the unidentified ship in for further
investigation
The Navy should produce the
Crew taken off the unidentified
ship for questioning
The Nigerian Navy should
make sure that the stolen Crude
Oil is not pumped out and the ship
cleaned up
The activities of going on
inside of the Nigerian Navy’s
FalconEye should be
investigated as the ship was
only a few kilometers off the coast
of Ondo State, well within view of
the Nigerian Navy’s FalconEye, but
they never reacted
The connection and
acclaimed transactions between
Mr. IWATAN BAMITALE and the said Pipeline Surveillance Company
approaching NNPC for a contract
should be investigated
The activities of the
employees of CAVENDISH
PETROLEUM NIGERIA LIMITED and
CONSOLIDATED OIL should be
closely looked into and
investigated as there has been
one too many Crude Oil theft from
Jackets within this same vicinity
There should be an inquiry
into the shooting directed at
Tantita Operatives and the
Government Security Forces
attached to them by the Nigerian
Navy personnel on the gunboat
marked “P491”.Capt. Warredi
EnisuohExecutive Director –
Operations and TechnicalTantita
Security Services Nigeria LimitedPipeline Surveillance Company
approaching NNPC for a contract
should be investigated
The activities of the
employees of CAVENDISH
PETROLEUM NIGERIA LIMITED and
CONSOLIDATED OIL should be
closely looked into and
investigated as there has been
one too many Crude Oil theft from
Jackets within this same vicinity
There should be an inquiry
into the shooting directed at
Tantita Operatives and the
Government Security Forces
attached to them by the Nigerian
Navy personnel on the gunboat
marked “P491”.Capt. Warredi
EnisuohExecutive Director –
Operations and TechnicalTantita
Security Services Nigeria LimitedPipeline Surveillance Company
approaching NNPC for a contract
should be investigated
The activities of the
employees of CAVENDISH
PETROLEUM NIGERIA LIMITED and
CONSOLIDATED OIL should be
closely looked into and
investigated as there has been
one too many Crude Oil theft from
Jackets within this same vicinity
There should be an inquiry
into the shooting directed at
Tantita Operatives and the
Government Security Forces
attached to them by the Nigerian
Navy personnel on the gunboat
marked “P491”.
Capt. Warredi
EnisuohExecutive Director –
Operations and TechnicalTantita
Security Services Nigeria Limited

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