A private company contracted by the Federal Government for crude oil pipeline surveillance, Tantita Security Services Limited has threatened to leak a video detailing an alleged illegal deal which involves the Nigerian Navy on the creeks of the Niger Delta region on Friday.
This was released in a press statement signed by Tantita’s Executive Director, Operations and Technical, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh, made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State, on Friday evening.
Enisuoh noted that the press release was important based on the earlier statement issued by the Nigerian Navy which, according to him, Tantita viewed as “defamatory and libellous” to the organisation.
Tantita’s press release partly read, “In the statement made on Thursday, December 7, 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 (the) 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 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.”