The Nigerian Navy says it has handed over a vessel, MT Madam Esther, impounded in respect of alleged illegal activities at Escravos in Delta, to its owner, Snow White Energy Ltd.
The vessel was released to the representatives of the company on Wednesday at the Warri Naval Base.
Navy Capt. Levi Deyin, the Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, handed over the vessel, on behalf of the Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Abdulhamid Baba-Inna.
Deyin said the vessel was seized in January 2020 in Escravos by the naval personnel following its alleged involvement in illegal activities.
He said that the vessel was released following the conclusion of the case and approval from the naval headquarters.
“MT Madam Esther was arrested by the Base in January 2020 for its involvement in illegal activities.
“Following the conclusion of the case and the approval from the naval headquarters, I, Capt. Levi Deyin, on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), hereby handover the MT Madam Esther to you.
“You are hereby warned to desist from all forms of illegalities in the future and to always obtain the necessary approval for your activities,’’ Deyin said.
Manager of the company, Mr Okpoi Iteimo-owei, accompanied by some other staff, who received the vessel on behalf of the firm.
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