…As FIRS shuts down Tinapa over alleged tax evasion***
Ferry KMP BANDENG sailed from Tobelo, North Maluku island, bound for Bitung, eastern North Sulawesi, Indonesia, in the evening LT Aug 14, with 24 passengers, 18 crew and 16 vehicles on board.
At the time of departure, weather was fine. In the morning Aug 15 ferry contacted authorities and asked permission to turn back, because of deteriorating weather. Several hours after that, contact with ship was lost. Later it was reported, that the ship suffered engine failure, has been disabled, and sank being caught in heavy swell, in the afternoon Aug 15.
All 42 people on board are missing or drowned, according to latest updates. Ferry sank off Loloda, West Halmahera, North Maluku. Locals are already collecting bodies of drowned passengers and crew.
Passenger ro-ro ship KMP BANDENG, IMO 8994532, GT 401, built 1992, flag Indonesia.
In the meantime, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has shut Tinapa business /leisure resort as well as Marina Resort both in the heart of Calabar, Cross River State, over alleged non-payment of tax by both organisations.
The closure, which started on Tuesday, has paralyzed activities in both resorts which serve as the biggest hospitality and tourism spots in Calabar, thereby leaving fun seekers, tourists and visitors alike stranded. Vanguard gathered that FIRS officials entered the premises of the business resorts with heavily armed security men and sealed off their main offices.
Fleetmon with additional report from Vanguard