Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen Attacks

Nigerian Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen AttacksThe Nigerian Army has announced plans to commence an operation in Southern Kaduna, as well as parts of Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states, to curtail the activities of herdsmen and armed bandits.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Major General David Ahmadu, who made the disclosure, said that the operation would consolidate on the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists in North-east Nigeria.

Major General Ahmadu asked residents of the states not to panic in the course of the operation, saying their safety is guaranteed.

He, however, asked them to be conscious of fleeing terrorists who might be seeking refuge in innocent communities.

“Operation ‘Harbin Kunama II’ is also designed to consolidate on the total defeat and rooting out of the Boko Haram terrorists from these enclaves, particularly the Sambisa forest.

“In this regard, members of the public, particularly the residents of Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Bauchi states, are enjoined not to panic as their safety and well-being will be guaranteed.

“However, the general public is requested to remain on high alert and be security conscious, as suspected criminals may be fleeing from military operations in these areas to find safe havens amidst innocent communities,” Ahmadu said.

UNDP Seeks Improved Women Empowerment

undp1The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has affirmed its support for initiatives aimed at empowering women across Africa.

At a forum in Abuja, the UN agency said Africa is being threatened by cases of gender inequality.

It also called on public and private organizations to expand capabilities and opportunities for women to sustain human development.

The report focusing squarely on accelerating gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa, is mapping out four broad strategies and six key accelerators to save Africa up to 95 billion Dollars lost annually to the gender equality gap.

undp2The UNDP Strategic Advisor, Angela Lusigi, said Africa’s commitment to women’s rights must be reflected strategically, such as revaluing domestic work, eliminating harmful societal and institutional norms, and economic exclusion for women.

The last declaration on gender equality and empowerment in Africa was made in 2003, in Maputo, Mozambique, a declaration that set a high pace for gender mainstreaming and equality in Africa.

Although there has been progress and positive inflections on gender matters since then, 13 years after, the UNDP, is out with a human development report asking that much more be done to bridge the gender gap on the continent.

Director UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, said there is rising human development around the globe, however, this is threatened in Africa by gender inequality.

According to him, the 2016 human development report is set to address that, crucially with the help of the African Development Bank.

Henceforth, as an outcome of the forum, Africa is expected to make gender equality a priority, if it hopes to achieve sustainable and progressive development, tackle institutional norms directly, and make critical gender choices as well as investments.

Operation ‘Eagle Eye’: Navy Arrests Suspected Oil Thieves

Operation 'Eagle Eye': Navy Arrests Suspected Oil Thieves The Nigerian Navy has arrested five suspected oil thieves during their annual sea exercise code named exercise ‘Eagle Eye’.

The Navy also destroyed four illegal refineries set up at Ijawkiri in Rivers state during the operation.

In addition, the naval team destroyed five boats laden with products suspected to be crude oil, while another two barges suspected to contain crude oil, were handed over to the Economic And Finical Crimes Commission (EFCC), along-side the owners for prosecution.

The primary duty of the Nigerian Navy is to safeguard the nation’s waterways and that task has become more imperative in the face of attacks on oil facilities and oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region.

At the Onne federal terminal, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin, flagged off the ‘eagle eye’ operation, aimed at enhancing maritime security in Nigerian territorial waters.

According to him, eight naval patrol ships participated in the exercise as they began their inspection from Onne to bonny into the deep waters.

Tactical commander, operation eagle eye, Rear Admiral Muhammed Garba, explained that aside from patrolling critical oil infrastructure, the team demonstrated their readiness to tackle any threat by showing their prowess in various aspects of the tactical operation.

It was after the exercise that the Commander, Nigerian Navy ship pathfinder, Commodore Obi Egbuchulam, handed over two suspected oil thieves and two barges of suspected crude to the EFCC.

This is not the first of initiatives carried out to bring an end to sea crime in the Niger-Delta and Gulf of Guinea regions.

In November, ‘Exercise Sharkbite’, was also implemented to also tighten security around choke points in the maritime environment.

However, as the exercise ‘eagle eye‘ draws to a close it is expected that the lessons learnt would not only be applied by the naval personal, but would also yield positive results in the protection of Nigerian water ways both within the country and in deep sea areas.

Nigerian Navy Embarks On Sea Inspection Exercise

Nigerian Navy Embarks On Sea Inspection ExerciseNigerian Navy is embarking on a sea inspection exercise, christened ‘Exercise Eagle Eye’, which is aimed at assessing its operational capacity in the fight against internal and external aggression along Nigerian waterways.

Flagging off the exercise at the Warri Port in Delta State, Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral Adebayo Oshinowo representing the Chief of Naval Staff challenged officers and men not to relent until the war against militancy and every sea crime is brought to a halt.

With the destruction of National oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region in recent times, the need to tighten security on the nation’s water ways cannot be over emphasised.

Therefore, the objective for the exercise, according to him, is to access the readiness of the operational state of the Naval fleet and capability of the command as it protects the National waterways amongst other contemporary responsibilities.

“This mission on top maritime operatives is in order to ensure a secure maritime environment including the prevention of man attacks on Nigerian Navy house boats in the assigned area of operation,” he said.

The exercise is conducted within the Eastern and Central commands area of responsibilities, covering a coastline of 220 nautical mile extending seaward up to 80 nautical mile and sea area of 39,000 square nautical miles of the nation’s territorial waters.

Giving an insight of what to expect at the end of the exercise, Rear Admiral Oshinowo said: “At the end of this exercise, it is expected that the Nigerian Navy will be able to determine the strength and weakness in the logistics. It will also expose unforeseen contingencies which could be incorporated in the next exercise.”

Operation Eagle Eye, a new exercise incorporated into the Chief of Naval Staff Annual Sea Inspection, involved the deployment of nine capital ships, over 80 gunboats and 11 inshore patrol cars and five Navy helicopters, to cover Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

The exercise would last for five days.

Pipeline Attacks: Navy Urges Militants To Embrace Dialogue

Navy, Militants, Niger DeltaChief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Etteh-Ibas, has urged restive youths in the Niger Delta to sheath their swords and embrace peaceful means of pressing home their demands.

Vice Admiral Ibas was speaking at the flag-off of phase two of Operation Tsare Teku, the Nigerian Navy’s anti-piracy operations in the Niger Delta region.

He said that compared to the first quarter of 2016 which recorded 49 cases of piracy on Nigerian waterways, during the first phase of the operation between May and June, only seven attacks were attempted and all were foiled.

This necessitated the extension of the operation for another three months.

The Navy Chief stated that the exercise would now extend its operations to provide support for the Operation Delta Safe which has metamorphosed from Operation Pulo Shield, to cover the whole of the Niger Delta region and surrounding waters.

He then asked the various militant groups to explore democratic means to press home their demands rather than resorting to violence.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Oshinowo, further highlighted the Navy’s achievements with the establishment of Operation Tsare Teku in April.

He said that the operation has not only helped in the reduction of piracy on Nigerian waterways, but has also led to better collaboration between the Navy and major players in the Nigerian maritime sector.