Security operatives attached to the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar, Cross River State, on Saturday disclosed the arrest of six Bangladesh nationals and 16 Nigerians.
They 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, “Along the way she was found to have transfer to ship transfer illegally to another ship and consequently we arrested the ship.