LifeLine Maritime Nigeria Limited and Braza Oil Limited have petitioned the House of Representatives over allegations that the navy has seized their vessel which intercepted without due process in 2013.
The Nigerian navy was accused of vandalizing the vessels and the companies wants $29 million in compensation due to the damages to done to the vessels.
In the petition, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ali Nnamdi Desmond, who traded in AGO said the two vessels were arrested in Brass terminal in Bayelsa State by the police in 2013 – an area controlled by the navy.
The police then handed over the vessels containing petroleum products to the navy alleging that they were used for sea piracy according to Authority.
However, the vessels were cleared of piracy but they still remained in the custody of the navy.
After failing to get the vessels released to him, after several months, Nnamdi petitioned the House of Representatives.
According to Authority at the committee of public petitions hearing, Nnamdi’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, said the vessels were vandalised and were no longer sea worthy.
“What remained was a carcass that was no longer sea worthy. The vessels are practically submerged at brass terminal, all the terminals around there are controlled by the navy,” Ozekhome said.
He showed the committee documents where the navy had acknowledged that the vessels were in their custody.
But the Navy through, M.K Elijah, a lieutenant commander, said the vessels were released after they were cleared.
A representative of the police who appeared before the committee, SP Amosun while making his submission also presented documents which showed that the vessels were handed over to the navy with petroleum products in them.
The lower legislative chamber is expected to rule on the matter when recommendations by the committee are laid before the House in plenary.