Six Bangladesh nationals and 16 Nigerians have fallen into the net of the officers of Nigerian Navy in Calabar, Cross River State following their arrest for stealing diesel.

According to the Navy Officers these people were arrested for illegally diverting 22 metric tonnes of diesel in an illegal ship to ship transfer along the Calabar water channel.

Commander NNS Victory, Commodore Salihu Jibril, said the vessel, MT Princess Oge, brought the product from offshore Lome to deliver to a tank farm in Calabar.

He said the vessel was caught carrying out the illegal activity and was immediately arrested.

Jibril, who addressed journalists on board the vessel along the Calabar Channel before handing over the suspects and vessel to the Nigerian Police, said the Princess Oge was a bunkering ship that was given permission to deliver and discharge cargo in Calabar.

He said “the crew instead of delivering the product to the designated tanker farm, engaged in illegal ship to ship transfer along the Calabar channel in a bid to steal the pruduct.”