Nigerian Navy acquires new vessel to battle maritime crimes

Nigerian Navy continues to update its range of vessels.

Following bids to further strengthen the force, the Nigerian Navy has added another vessel to its fleet. Vanguard reports that the Nigerian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) NNS Unity which was under construction in China has been completed and on her way to join the Nigerian Navy fleet.

At the Handing over and departure ceremony in China, the Chief of the Naval Staff represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani conveyed the appreciation of the Navy to the Commander in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, for approving all steps taken towards the departure of NNS Unity.

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Theresa May: UK will send more troops to Somalia to fight Al-Shabaab

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to increase Britain’s support for Somalia in the fight against militant group Al-Shabaab.

In her maiden speech to the General Assembly in New York, Mrs May said that Britain had played a “leading role” in the fight against the militants.

She said the UK would send more troops to train local forces to fight militants, with some 30 training teams being deployed to the African country, with up to 70 troops at a time involved in the mission.

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Indonesian video shows how easy it is to enter Sabah illegally

Porous borders potentially allow Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists easy access. 

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 21 — An Indonesian news video showing easy entry into the state at the Indonesian-Sabah maritime border has raised alarm over the purported ineffectiveness of Sabah’s security forces.

The 10-minute video from Indonesia’s TransMedia Kontroversi programme showed their reporters masquerading as Indonesians looking for work in Sabah, crossing the border illegally from Nunukan island to Tawau with relative ease.

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Interpol helping probe graft at Mombasa Port

Cargo theft, corruption causing headaches for Kenya.

By Patrick Kanga

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is currently working with some foreign nations and security agencies such as Interpol to investigate corruption allegation at the Port of Mombasa.

The commission confirmed that it has brought in its partners such as Britain to assist establish corruption syndicate involving foreign individuals ,Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) , Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Kenya Bureau of Standard (KEBS) officials involved in graft.

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Libya exports first oil cargo from Ras Lanuf port since 2014: port manager

Reopening Ras Lanuf for exports is a major advance for the United Nations-backed government.

An oil tanker left the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf for Italy early on Wednesday with the first crude export cargo from the terminal since at least late 2014, the port manager said.

The port manager said a second tanker was preparing to load at Ras Lanuf, one of four ports seized on Sept. 11-12 by eastern Libyan forces loyal to military leader Khalifa Haftar.

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Source: reuters.com

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Eight illegal immigrants detained at Poole Port trying to get through border in back of lorries

UK border security questioned as migrants found in lorries.

James Durkin

SECURITY at the Port of Poole has come under the spotlight after eight illegal immigrants, including two children, were caught trying to enter the UK.

Border Force officers detected four Albanian men and two minors on Sunday.

Meanwhile, two men – who claimed to be from Iran – were detained the previous weekend. All eight were discovered hidden in the back of unaccompanied lorry trailers.

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New Militant Group Blame Attacks To Unethical Practice Of Oil Multinationals

Another Niger Delta militant group enters the frame…

The Iduwini Volunteers Force (IWF) yesterday attributed the persistent attacks on Oil pipelines and  emergence of new militant group in the Niger Delta region to the unethical and insincere activities of multinationals oil companies and their local counterpart operating in the region.

The militant group, which operates from one of the richest oil blocs located in Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa state,said though the ongoing attempts at dialogue by the Federal Government is welcomed, the Oil Multinationals instigate anger and violence with ‎the use divide and rule tactics among host communities.

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Militants say Operation Crocodile Smile is a scam

Militant group, NDGJM made its comments via a statement released by its spokesman, Gen Aldo Agbalaja.

Jola Sotubo

The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has said that the military’s “Operation Crocodile Smile” is a scam. The military launched the initiative to combat the activities ofmilitants in the volatile region. NDGJM made its comments via a statement released by its spokesman, Gen Aldo Agbalaja.

The statement reads:
The Opudo strike force, at about 11:30 pm on Sunday, September 18, 2016, struck the Afiesere – Ekiugbo delivery line in Ughelli, operated by NPDC/Shoreline. The Operation Crocodile Tears is not slowing down, but determined to achieve target. Until the federal government takes the proper steps, this song will continue to play.

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“The Somali Legal System for the Maritime Police” – EUCAP Nestor Workshop held in Mogadishu

Anti-piracy, merchant shipping best practice all covered at event.

The seminar was opened by the Head of Mission Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, who welcomed the participants along with the Head of Operations, the Mission’s Legal Advisor, who works with Somali Prosecutors on a weekly bases and the Maritime Advisor, who mentors the MPU officers.

Topics covered over the two-day gathering spanned from basics of Legal Systems, theoretical aspects of relevant maritime legislation, to practical aspects of investigation and prosecution of maritime crimes. Other subjects included pirate’s approach to the ships, merchant vessel best practices, and challenges in evidence handling and detention on board.

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