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Oil theft: Navy’s accusation against us mischievous – Tantita

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The management of Tantita Security Services Limited has described as “bizarre and mischievous” an accusation by the Nigerian Navy that the company is involved in illegal activities along the coastal areas of Ondo State.

The Navy had issued a statement on Thursday on the arrest of a 77-metre-long motor tanker for crude oil theft with her 17 crew members with an allegation that Tantita may have been involved in the incident.

It alleged 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.”

The Navy’s statement followed an earlier alarm raised by the company about the arrest of the vessel and a claim supported with video evidence that the Navy was resisting access to the vessel.

According to reports, the Naval men rejected demands by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited for a joint inspection of the vessel by the agencies involved for no genuine reason.

The operatives had raised the concern that the vessel may vanish into thin air before morning as Naval operatives on board the vessel shot all through the night to prevent the Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence operatives and the men of TSL from accessing the vessel.

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However, the company in a statement on Friday described the statement as libellous wondering how the Navy could reduce itself to such a low level.

The statement signed by Warredi Enisuoh, Executive Director of Operations and Technical at Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, said that the private security outlet will not join issues with the Navy, as ‘we are well aware that Nigerians know who is who.’

The statement read: “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 metre 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.

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

Tantita said that it is saddened and disappointed that the Nigerian Navy could descend so low as to make such bizarre accusations against our organisation knowing the 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,” the private security outlet said.