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Vital Shipping denies allegations of diesel theft, murder
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By Benson Akomo
August 20, 2012 19:33:24pm GMT      |      Views: 222
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WorldStage Newsonline--  Vital Shipping Limited, owner of the Ocean Treasure which was arrested in Lagos over an alleged stealing of diesel and killing of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) staff, has denied the allegations.

According to the firm, the vessel was hijacked and used to commit the offence, saying it duly reported every stage of the development to the Nigerian Navy, including the hijackers demand for a N10 million ransom.

NIMASA had allegedly paraded some members of staff of the shipping firm on television as pirates and killers of a staff, Captain Itima Romeo.

The firm said the development had caused panic among its staff, especially crew members and chatterers who thereafter, decided to stay away.

The shipping firm said it was unhappy that NIMASA had labelled the "victim" as the villain, because it failed to first investigate the fact on ground, before going public.

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