Navy gets kudos for battling piracy in Niger Delta

Posted By: Okungbowa Aiwerie, Asaba

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has praised the Navy for its success in the fight against sea piracy and protection of national assets.

Okowa also commended the Navy for restoring peace in the creeks of the Niger Delta. The governor spoke when the Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Oghara, Rear Admiral Peter Onaji and top officers of the command visited him yesterday in Asaba, the state capital.

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Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/

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Nigeria: One more weapons seizure

Last week, during routine monitoring at the terminal, the Nigeria Customs Service seized 1,100 pump action rifles which were illegally imported into the country. The rifles were loaded in a 20-foot container. Preliminary investigation showed that the weapons were imported from Turkey. The Bill of Lading indicated the items in the container to be wash-hand basins and water closets.

This was Customs’ third such seizure this year.  The first was in February when 661 pump action rifles were found. Another 440 pump action rifles were seized in May 2017, bringing the total of rifles seized by Customs in the past nine months to 2,201. Customs’ Comptroller-General Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), while displaying the seized 1,100 Jojef Magnum Pump Action and Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrel Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles at the Tin Can Island port in Lagos, said a Customs officer suspected to have cut the seal of the container without following due process had been arrested. Ali said a clerk at the terminal was arrested alongside the officer.

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Coast Guard Leaders to Collaborate on Piracy and Pollution

By Noel Tarrazona

Coast Guard officers from over 30 countries agreed to establish inter-regional collaborations to address the rising threats of piracy and marine pollution during the Coast Guard Global Summit held in Tokyo last week.

The U.S., Canada, South Korea, China Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, Djibouti, Hong Kong and Japan participated in the summit which was jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation.

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Oil Bunkering: Navy Nabs Operators Along Calabar Water Channel

Some Nigerians and foreign nationals operating illegal oil deal have been arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship, (NNS) for allegedly diverting 22 metric tones of diesel in an illegal Ship To Ship (STS) transfer along the Calabar water channel.

The vessel, NV Princess Oge, according to the Navy brought the product from offshore Lome to deliver to a tank farm in Calabar before it was intercepted by men of the service on patrol.

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Source: http://www.aitonline.tv/

The Trouble With Oil Pipelines in Nigeria

 by John Campbell

On Wednesday in Abuja, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) stated that in 2016, pipeline vandalism resulted in roughly 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) being “deferred.” Accordingly, production was 1.3 million bpd rather than the projected 2.2 million bpd, costing the country about $13.3 billion in revenue (at an average price of $52 per barrel).

While Nigerian statistics can be problematic, those used by the managing director are likely to be the best available. Oil provides more than 70 percent of the revenue of Nigeria’s government at all levels (this figure has been as high as 90 percent in the past), and more than 90 percent of its foreign exchange. At a time when international oil prices were relatively low and the country was in recession, the fall in oil production due to pipeline vandalism is especially serious.

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Gambia turns to private sector for maritime protection patrols

Gambia is negotiating deals with three private companies to crack down on rampant illegal fishing in its territorial waters, a senior official with the fisheries ministry said.

Made possible by poor monitoring capacity and, in some cases, corrupt local officials, illegal fishing costs West Africa’s coastal nations around $2.3 billion a year, according to a recent study.

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Source: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/

EU nations authorized their vessels to unlawfully fish in African waters

WRITTEN BY Abdi Latif Dahir

For more than three years, European Union members states authorized unlawful fishing activities off the coast of Africa in contravention of common regional laws and policies, a new report shows.

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization for ocean conservation, said that Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain violated the laws of the European Common Fisheries Policy by awarding private fishing authorizations to vessels, which granted them access to waters in The Gambia and Equatorial Guinea. Using an online monitoring tool, Oceana recorded 19 EU-flagged vessels that illegally fished for almost 32,000 hours in African waters from April 2012 through to August 2015.

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Niger Delta militants ask fed govt to release licenses for 10 modular refineries

By Jackie Gogo

Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, and nine other militant groups have called on the Federal Government to issue 10 licences to the Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSTCOM, for the take off of modular refineries in the Niger Delta.

They also urged government to, without further delay, mobilise the contractor handling the East-West Road project, as it links the entire South-South region to other parts of the country.

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Source: https://www.today.ng/

Militants threaten to plunge Nigeria into another recession

Author: Kess Ewubare

A coalition of 10 militant groups in the Niger Delta region have threatened to resume fresh attacks on oil installations across the region which could pose serious problems for the county’s economy.

The threat was issued on Sunday, September 10, by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) which said it was working in coalition with nine other militant groups, Vanguard reports.

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Source: https://www.naij.com/