Firm petitions Navy, Police, over death of 9 crew members

LAGOS—An oil trading firm, Twinstomp Energy Limited, has petitioned the Nigerian Navy, Marine Police, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and other relevant authorities over the death of nine of its crew members aboard the company’s vessel in Delta State.

The victims were aboard the company’s vessel, MT Tank (IMO no 8681460), that collided with another vessel, MT Elixir (IMO no 9282510),  along Bonga terminal, offshore Warri, Delta State, in the early hours of Monday, October 19, 2010.

The petition, dated October 19, 2010, was signed by Olumide Oyewole of Andrias & Co Legal Practitioners, the solicitors of Twinstomp Energy Limited.

In the petition, Oyewole called for a comprehensive probe into the accident, with a view to unravelling the true cause of the mishap.

He said of his client’s 12 crew members involved in the accident, only three were rescued alive.

“Apart from the loss of the ship, MT Tank, we understand that only one body has so far been recovered, out of the nine dead crew members.

26102015C POLICE‘’We understand that of the 12 crew members, only three were rescued alive. We seek your assistance by using your good office to cause a thorough investigation to be conducted on the matter,’’ he said.

Oyewole gave the coordinates of the accident site to be 04 degrees 27 degrees North and 004 degrees and 27 degrees East.

He gave the names of the Nigerians on board as Kulo Eddy Osang, Arerebo Arepade Clifford, Finecountry Timipouadeh, Akindele Akinbanjon, Odafe E. Offeh, Magaji Joshua, Isaac Kojo Money and Salami Malcolm. Others are Ejila Philip, Moses Apobowei and  Mr. Sambo.

Efforts to speak with the DG of NIMASA failed as he could not be reached.

However, a senior staff in the agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed receipt of the petition.

Director of Naval Info, CDRE, Kabiru Aliyu confirmed the collision and said to combat the situation, vessels have been deployed there from the Central Naval Command, Bayelsa.

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