Nigeria destroys tanker caught smuggling crude oil Ship’s crew

LAGOS, July 10 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s state oil company NNPC Ltd said on Monday An 800,000 liter ship carrying stolen crude oil en route to Cameroon had been intercepted off the coast and was to be destroyed as a deterrent to oil theft.

Crude oil theft from pipelines and wells in the Niger Delta has hampered the country’s production in recent years and is one of the biggest challenges for new President Bola Tinubu.

NNPC said the oil was stolen from a well in southwestern Ondo state. The MT Round II The vessel was owned by locally registered Holab Maritime Services Limited and had no valid documentation for the oil, the company said.

Holab could not be reached for comment on the numbers posted on its website.

“The destruction of ships carrying stolen crude oil is paramount as a powerful deterrent,” NNPC said.

NNPC circulated video showing the ship surrounded by armed Nigerian security forces.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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