By Prince Okafor
The management of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has seized a vessel, MT JAZI, which was alleged to be loaded with 1. 5 million litres of contaminated petroleum product while discharging at Nakem Jetty, Kirikiri, Lagos.
Mr Mordecai Ladan, Director, DPR told the media in Lagos that the vessel was intercepted on February 11 while discharging at Nakam jetty.
Ladan, who was represented by Mr Wole Akinmosoye, Zonal Operations Controller, Lagos, said that after much investigations by DPR it was discovered that the vessel did not have DPR authorization to deliver products at the depot.
“We proceeded immediately to halt the discharge and fiscalised the tanks at Nakem depot, sequel to which we discovered that the facility was stocking a total of 1.5 million litres of petroleum product suspected to be discharged by the vessel,” he added.
According to him the vessel is still under the custody of the Nigerian Navy for more investigation.
He also said that DPR has no record of any product importation by Nakem.
“We also have no record of any throughput arrangement of the facility with a third party, for product storage at the time,” he said.
At the point of the interception the DPR drew samples from the tanks at the facility for laboratory analyses, which according to the officials, confirmed that the product was off specification.
Ladan explained that the product, failed all the basic parameters, especially with regard to colour, flashpoint and specific gravity.
According to him, the depot has been sealed by the agency since February 12 and the vessel was under Nigerian Navy custody, adding that the product would eventually be evacuated for quarantine by the appropriate government agency.