Navy Arrests Five Suspected Bandits, Recover 267 Stolen Cows In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

Troops of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State have arrested five suspected bandits said to have been terrorising residents of the area.

The troops also recovered 267 cows and 51 sheep from the bandits during an operation on Saturday, October 26.

While handing over the rustled animals to officials of the Kaduna State Government, the Commandant of the Navy School of Armament Technology, Commodore Tanko Pani, said the bandits were arrested by his men following an alarm that was raised about their presence inside the Kujama forest.

He, however, noted that there have been intensified efforts on the part of the security agencies and criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling have drastically reduced.

Speaking further, he appealed to residents of Kachia and environs to always provide credible intelligence information to enable the command respond timely and appropriately to any security issues.

Pani also assured the people of the command’s continuous synergy with allied security authorities to protect Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

On is part, the Chairman of Kachia local government who received the recovered animals on behalf of the Kaduna State Government, commended the Navy  for keeping the area safe.

He also called on those whose animals were stolen recently to come to the Command with concrete proof of ownership to reclaim them.

Armed Forces Deploy 57 Officers, Soldiers To Mali

 

The Nigerian Armed Forces has deployed 57 officers and soldiers to Mali on a peacekeeping mission.

Drawn from the Army, Air Force and Navy, the troops are expected to depart Nigeria for Mali in a couple of days.

Addressing them on Friday during their passing out ceremony from the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State, the Commander of the Army Infantry Corps, Major General Stevenson Olabanji who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, warned that the Nigerian Army will not tolerate any act of cowardice or professional negligence while carrying out their operations in the West African country.

He also advised the contingent to abide by the rules of engagement, exhibit braveness as professionals and to also respect the cultural sensitivity of the people of Mali.

Beyond that, he reminded them of the United Nations’ zero tolerance on drug trafficking and human rights abuse.

Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Female Naval Officer In Kaduna

 

The police in Kaduna State have paraded the suspected killer of a female Naval officer at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Commander Oluwayemisi Ogundana.

Until her death, Ogundana was the commandant of Command Secondary School of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga paraded the prime suspect, Simon Bernard along with 44 other suspects on Wednesday.

The suspect who confessed to the crime said he single-handedly killed the Naval officer after gaining access into her house located at the Jaji Military Cantonment in September.

He also admitted to using an iron rod to hit her head from behind, after sneaking into her house.

According to him, he killed her because she was allegedly fond of cheating the staff under her.

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The suspect went further to explain how he dismembered her body and later packed it into two bags, dropped them in the officer’s SUV jeep and drove off to where he dumped the two bags into a shallow well.

Among the others who were arrested and paraded were suspected abductors of three students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a member of the state House of Assembly, Suleiman Dabo.

The CP told reporters that the suspects were arrested at different locations during several operations carried out by men of the command and the IGP Rapid Response Team.

He further explained that the some of the suspects confessed to being responsible for the killing of three Operatives of the IGP Intelligent Response Team (IRT) in 2018 and recent Kidnapping of an Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Algarkawi among other crimes.

Items recovered included 20 Ak-47 rifles, one Type O6 assault rifle, three Beretta pistols, three locally made pistols, 135 live ammunitions and four stolen vehicles.

Falana Writes AGF, Requests Release Of 10 People From ‘Navy Detention’

Falana Writes AGF, Requests Release Of 10 People From ‘Navy Detention’

 

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Femi Falana, has called for the release of 10 civilians detained by the Nigerian Navy.

He made the call in a letter addressed to the Attorney-General of the Federation () and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.

In a copy of the letter sent to Channels Television on Sunday, Falana said the detainees were intercepted by naval personnel aboard a vessel hijacked by a gang of pirates in October 2018.

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He added that while the detainees were rescued and the pirates arrested, the crew members who were not indicted in the investigation conducted by the navy into the hijacking of the vessel have since been detained aboard the ship.

The lawyer stressed that the action of the security operatives was a breach of the detainees’ fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing as provided for in the Constitution.

He also decried that apart from detaining the crew members in “a dehumanising military facility,” they have been compelled to wear the same dress for seven months.

According to the senior advocate, since the detainees are civilians who are not subject to service law, the navy ought to have reported them to the police if there was reasonable suspicion that they committed any criminal offence whatsoever.

He, therefore, urged the AGF to direct the naval authorities to release the detainees from custody without any further delay.

Read Falana’s letter below:

May 10, 2019

The Attorney-General of the Federation

& Minister of Justice,

Federal Ministry of Justice,

Maitama District,

Abuja, FCT.

Request for the release of 10 civilians detained by the Nigerian Navy since October 27, 2018

We have confirmed the illegal detention of another group of 10 Nigerian citizens aboard a ship in Marina, Lagos since October 27, 2018, on the orders of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas. The names of the detainees are:

Oloyede Ademola Yisau;

Omogoye Wasiu Bolaji;

Edu Fidelis;

Richard David;

Mike Simeon;

Umoren Daniel;

Okoghene Asaiki

Udom Victor;

James Archibong;

Umon Godswill Emmanuel

At the time of the arrest of the detainees seven months ago, they were crew members aboard a vessel known as “NESO II” which was hijacked by a gang of pirates. However, the detainees were rescued while the pirates were arrested by the Beecroft Naval Base. Curiously, the crew members who were not indicted in the investigation conducted by the Nigerian Navy into the hijacking of the vessel have since been detained aboard the ship in Marina, Lagos in breach of their fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing guaranteed by Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended).

Apart from detaining the crew members in a dehumanising military facility the Nigerian Navy has compelled each of them to wear the same dress for seven months. Thus, the fundamental rights of the detainees to dignity and freedom of movement have also been violated. Since the detainees are civilians who are not subject to service law the Nigerian Navy ought to have reported them to the Nigeria Police Force if there was reasonable suspicion that they committed any criminal offence whatsoever.

However, in view of the fact that the detainees have not been charged with any criminal offence before any competent court we are compelled to request you to direct the Chief of Naval Staff to release them from unlawful custody without any further delay. We also request you to use your good offices to prosecute the Chief of Naval Staff for subjecting the detainees to physical and mental torture contrary to the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017.  

Take notice that if you fail to accede to our request within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter we shall not hesitate to file an application at the Federal High Court to secure the enforcement of the fundamental rights of the detainees to personal liberty, dignity, fair hearing and movement and seek an order of mandamus to compel you to prosecute of the Chief of Naval Staff.

Finally, since the country is under a democratic dispensation we urge the Federal Government to sanction members of the Nigeria Police Force, Armed Forces and other security agencies who engage in the incessant arrest and detention of innocent citizens without any legal basis.

Yours sincerely,

FEMI FALANA, SAN, FCI Arb.

Oil Theft: Navy Hands Over Eight Suspects, Boat To EFCC

 

The Nigerian Navy, NNS Victory Calabar on May 7, 2019 handed over eight persons suspected to be involved in illegal conveyance of oil, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Uyo Zonal Office, including 105 drums of Premium Motor Spirit, and the wooden boat used for the illegal activity.

The suspects arrested onboard the boat are: Godwin Eden (Nigerian), Justice Ebanga (Nigerian), Effiong Gilbert (Nigerian), Manasseh Obani (Nigerian), Ambe Festus (Cameroonian), Alpha Emmanuel (Cameroonian), Sakwe Felix (Cameroonian) and Vasco Mekora (Cameroonian).

According to Commander M.D. Fefa who handed over the suspects to the EFCC, the arrest was made on April 28, 2019, by a patrol team from his Command.
“My men intercepted the wooden boat ladened with drums of Premium Motor Spirit PMS, concealed under plastic drums of palm oil, at Oron Bar along the Calabar waterways, while they were transiting to Cameroon,” he said.

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While receiving the suspects, Victor Ikang, Head, Extractive Industry Fraud Section, EIFS of the EFCC Uyo office, gave the assurance that the Commission remained poised to rid the nation of illegal dealing in petroleum products which has so far affected the Nigerian economy negatively.

“The EFCC is determined to enforce its mandate, while collaborating with other security agencies like the Navy in ensuring that the Nations waterways are safe and secured,” he said, stressing that the culprits will be duly prosecuted.

Falana Condemns 7-Month Detention Of Civilians, Military Personnel Without Trial By Navy

Nigeria Toying With 'Its Destiny' Without Electoral Reform, Says Falana

 

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has condemned the Navy’s continued detention of some civilians and military personnel without trial in 

According to Falana, some of those held in detention have been there for about 7months.

The civil rights advocate made this disclosure in a statement on Sunday.

The statement reads, “Sometime in September 2018, the Nigerian Navy arrested 15 Nigerian citizens including Group Captain Dada Labinjo, Lt. Commander Sherifat Ibe Lambert (also known as Mrs Bola Labinjo) and Benjamin Gold for an undisclosed offence. The detainees were immediately dumped in a military detention facility at Apapa in Lagos. In order to legalise the arrest and detention of the detainees the Naval Authorities obtained a remand warrant from a Magistrate Court sitting at Apapa. But as the detainees who were incarcerated for over 3 months were not charged with any criminal offence the Magistrate Court reviewed their case on January 7, 2019 and ordered the Naval Authorities to release them from illegal custody forthwith.

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“But in utter contempt of the valid order of the Magistrate Court the Authorities of the Nigerian Navy transferred the detainees to another military detention facility in Abuja. Following the application by Lt. Commander Bola Labinjo filed for the enforcement of her fundamental right to personal liberty the Federal High Court directed the Naval Authorities to release her from illegal custody. But the valid order of the Federal High Court has equally been ignored by the Naval Authorities without any legal justification. Even though the civilians among the detainees are not subject to service law the Naval Authorities have continued to detain them in military detentuon facilities.

“As if that is not enough, the detainees have been denied access to their family members, medical doctors and lawyers. Furthermore, the fundamental right of the detainess to dignity has been violated as they are being held incommunicado in solitary confinement while they are subjected to physical, mental and psychological torture in total contravention of section 3(2) of the Anti Torture Act, 2017 which provides that “secret detention places, solitary confinement, incommunicado or other similar forms of detention where torture is carried out are prohibited.”

“As the prolonged incarceration of the detainees cannot be justified under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended or the Armed Forces Act they should be released from custody or arraigned before a competent court of law if there is reasonable suspicion that they have committed any criminal offence whatsoever. However, to curb the growing culture of official impunity in the country we are compelled to call on the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN to charge the naval personnel responsible for the violations of the fundamental rights of the detainees with contempt of court and acts of torture under the Criminal Code Act and the Anti Torture Act.”

Navy Seeks Cooperation To Minimize Incidences Of Sea Robbery

 

 

The Nigerian Navy is seeking cooperation and collaborative measures with other national military and paramilitary agencies in the country, in a bid to minimize incidences of sea robbery and other sea crimes within the Nigerian water space.

Speaking at an Inter-Agency co-operation seminar for Naval warfare course 3 training in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, the Commandant of the Naval War College, Rear Admiral Adeseye Ayobanjo disclosed that, the seminar was to further enhance maritime security and promote inter-agency co-operation.

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The seminar with the theme, “Combating Smuggling Through Inter-Agency Co-operation” identified piracy as lead, among other security challenges within the Nigerian waters, with huge economic implications which if not checked over time, will sabotage efforts of government in ensuring safety at the nation’s maritime domain.

Other threatening areas as identified by the Navy include crude oil theft,  fisheries,  drug smuggling, importation of contraband goods and products of substandard values, illegal movements small arms and many more following record of several attacks and arrests made which can be curbed through inter-agency co-operation.

Greek Citizens, American Among Nine Suspected Pirates Arrested In Nigeria

Greek Citizens, American Among Nine Suspected Pirates Arrested In Nigeria
The suspects

 

Nine suspected pirates comprising three Greece citizens, an American and five blacks have been arrested during a joint operation by the Nigerian Navy and United States Coast Guard.

The suspects were nabbed when their vessel was stopped within the Nigerian waters while the navy combed the Western Naval Command area of the Gulf of Guinea, under ‘Operation Junction Rain’.

Upon a search of the vessel, the naval operatives recovered four military assault rifles (Bernelli MR-1) loaded with magazines, about 1,000 live ammunition in a box and other hidden exhibits including various communication gadgets, which they earlier denied they had while being interrogated.

The Officer in tactical command of the operation, Commodore Dickson Olisemenogor, said further investigation to unravel others behind the illegal operations of the vessel on the Nigerian waters would continue and those found culpable would be handed over to the concerned agencies for prosecution.

He added that another barge with 10 crew members suspected to be oil thieves was stopped and the crew members were arrested during the operation.

 

Three Migrants Dead, 15 Missing Off Libya – Italian Navy

File Photo: Migrants

 

Three migrants died and about 15 were missing off the Libyan coast, the Italian navy said Saturday, after staging a rescue operation in the Mediterranean.

The navy intervened on Friday and a helicopter rescued three people suffering from hypothermia who were flown to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, Admiral Fabio Agostini said.

This was after Italian air force pilots “spotted a dinghy in distress carrying about 20 people,” he told Italian television in an interview tweeted by the navy.

“Three corpses were seen floating in the water during the operation,” he said, adding that the rescuers had been unable to locate the dinghy.

A Red Crescent spokesman meanwhile said 16 bodies had been found on the beaches of the Libyan city of Sirte between January 2 and 15.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 83 people have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean.

It said the number of migrants and refugees landing on European shores had almost doubled in the first 16 days of this year to 4,216 against 2,365 over the same period in 2018.

Navy Arrests Suspected Rice Smugglers In Cross River

Navy Arrests Suspected Rice Smugglers In Cross River

 

The Nigerian Navy has arrested four suspects in connection with the smuggling of several bags of rice into Calabar from Cameroon through the Calabar waters in Cross Rivers state.

The suspects were intercepted on Monday while trying to navigate their way into the state capital.

Commander of the NNS Victory, Commodore Julius Nwagu, paraded the suspects at the NNS Jetty a day after they were arrested.

According to him, the smuggled rice valued at more than N6 million were shipped into the waterways from Cameroon using a wooden boat.

The commodore decried the continuous act of smuggling contraband goods into the country and warned those involved to desist from such acts.

He stated that the Navy would remain committed to the Federal Government’s fight against the importation of illegal goods into the country.

He also commended the command for the success stories being achieved in this regard.

The suspects were subsequently handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service for investigation and prosecution.

2019: Naval Chief Warns Officers To Be Non-Partisan

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

 

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has warned officers not to engage in political activities ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Ibas stated this on Saturday at the presidential inauguration of officers of Course 65 of the Nigerian Defence Academy, at the Naval College in Onne area of Rivers State.

According to him, any officer found to meddle in politics during the electioneering campaigns in the lead up to next year’s general elections will be severely sanctioned.

“It is therefore important that wherever you find yourselves, your actions should be based on what is best for the nation and not on any individual or group,” he said.

The naval chief also reminded the officers of their primary responsibility of defending the nation’s territory against any form of attack.

He urged them to always consider Nigeria’s interest in whatever they do rather than seek to please some certain individuals.

“As Naval personnel, we must remember at all times those actions and inactions that will cast aspersions on the integrity of the Nigerian Navy or the Armed Forces of Nigeria at large.

“It is therefore important that wherever you find yourselves, your actions should be based on what is best for the nation and not on any individual or group,” he added.

His warning follows similar comments by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant- General Tukur Buratai, for soldiers to steer clear of politics in the discharge of their duties.

While declaring open the 2018 Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference in April, Buratai warned the personnel to remain apolitical but professionally responsive in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

The COAS revealed that he has directed a special Court Martial to be set up for erring soldiers caught to have to flout his orders.

 

Olonisakin Asks Military To Be Apolitical

Boko Haram video

 

The Chief of Defense Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, has urged all military formations in the country to be apolitical.

The chief who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Nuratu Batagarawa, said this on Monday at the passing out of over 1,000 new naval officers at the Nigerian Navy Training School, Onne, Rivers State.

He urged the men and women to be loyal and disciplined, adding that no officer should make themselves available to be used by self-seeking individuals.

The event was attended by the Chief of Naval Staff and other security chiefs in the state.