Customs seizes truckload of pump action rifles in Lagos

By Sulaimon Salau

Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted a truckload of smuggled arms at Apapa Port in Lagos yesterday. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Ahmed Ali, who displayed the suspected exhibits at the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ in Ikeja said the consignment of 49 boxes contained a total of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors and other goods.

This interception has further raised anxiety about the security of lives and property in the wake of lingering terrorism, kidnappings, armed robbery and other criminal activities across the country. It has also exposed the security lapses at the nation’s ports which make prohibited goods to pass through them undetected.

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5 Abu men killed, 2 soldiers and 7 others wounded in Sulu clashes


ZAMBOANGA CITY — Five suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed while nine others – including two soldiers – were injured in separate clashes in Sulu on Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the clashes took place in Barangay Pugad Manaul in Panamao, Sulu.

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Human traffickers fire at Libyan coastguard – report

The coastguard returned fire causing the smugglers to flee, and there were no reports of casualties among either the coastguards or the sub-Saharan migrants.

A Libyan coastguard vessel was reportedly shot at from the shore by people-smugglers, as it intercepted 700 migrants off Sabratha, in western Libya, near the Tunisian border.

Naval spokesperson Colonel Ayoub Qassem told AFP that as the coastguard vessel closed in on the two wooden vessels on to which the migrants had been crammed, it came under fire from people-smugglers on the beach, it was reported on Monday.

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Libya wants Maltese authorities to stop smuggling of fuel

‘Smuggling of Libyan fuels by Maltese mafia’ every day

By Ivan Camilleri

Libya is calling for more collaboration from the Maltese authorities to stop the “smuggling of Libyan fuels by Maltese mafia”, which according to Attorney General Sadiq Al-Sour is happening every day.

Announcing a wide-ranging probe to stop the rampant smuggling of refined fuel products, particularly petrol and diesel, from Libyan ports, the office of the Libyan Attorney General said it had issued arrest warrants against a number of executives in the Libyan oil industry suspected of collaborating in fuel smuggling.

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Maritime piracy: rising attacks in Nigeria

The Nigerian coast and the Gulf of Guinea in general remain a “stronghold” of maritime piracy, with about thirty attacks noted, according to the 2016 report of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

“There has been a notable increase in the attacks, of which 36 have been recorded near the Nigerian coast in 2016 against 14 in 2015,” said the report published in January 2017 and consulted by Westafnews.

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Philippines’ Duterte asks China to patrol piracy-plagued waters

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he had asked China to help in the fight against Islamic State-linked militants by sending ships to patrol southern waters plagued by raids on commercial vessels.

Speaking to newly promoted army generals, Duterte said he had sought China’s help in dangerous waters in the south to check the activities of Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim rebel group sustained by piracy and kidnap-for-ransom activities.

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Yemen conflict: Rebels in deadly attack on Saudi warship

The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels says two crew members have been killed in an attack on one of its warships in the Red Sea.

A coalition statement said three Houthi “suicide boats” had approached a Saudi frigate west of Hudaydah on Monday.

One of the boats collided with the rear of the frigate and exploded, causing a fire, the statement added.

However, a rebel-controlled news agency cited a source as saying the warship had been hit by a guided missile.

In October, the Houthis were accused of firing missiles at a US warship and a civilian logistics ship chartered by the military of the United Arab Emirates.

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One thousand boat migrants rescued, one found dead in Mediterranean

Some 1,000 migrants were saved from leaky boats in the central Mediterranean on Friday and one person was found dead, Italy’s coast guard said.

An Italian coast guard ship, the Spanish humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms and a Caribbean-registered supply vessel went to the aid of six rubber dinghies and three wooden vessels.

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