The Nigerian Navy has commissioned a 40-bed capacity isolation centre in Lagos.
The isolation centre which is fully equipped was on Monday declared opened by the Flag Officer Commanding, West, Rear Admiral, Oladele Daji, who represented the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas.
The centre is located at the Naval Dockyard on Victoria Island, and the exercise is part of its 64th Anniversary commemoration.
The Nigerian Navy has arrested 10 pirates who were reported to have attacked a Chinese Vessel, MV Hailufang (II).
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Commander NNS BEECROFT, Commodore IA Shettima, on Monday.
According to Shettima, the vessel was attacked on May 15 by pirates of the coast of Cote de Viore.
Thereafter, they took control of the vessel which had 18 crew members comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians, and directed it towards Nigerian Waters.
“The Nigerian Navy was alerted of the pirate attack and immediately, the Nigerian Navy Ship NGURU was dispatched to intercept the vessel.
“On interception of the vessel at about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply to the orders of the Navy Ship, hence the Nigerian Navy had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel. All ship crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were arrested,” the NNS Commander stated.
He added that it is pertinent to note that the last five known or documented pirate attacks were outside of Nigerian waters, of which the Nigerian Navy has responded in the interest of Regional Security.
“This is aptly captured in the NN Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy ‘which covers Nigeria’s outermost maritime area of interest, encompassing the entire West African waters and the GoG,” Shettima said.
According to the Navy boss, this underscores the need for increased regional cooperation in terms of information sharing and further deepening of our response capability.
He noted that for instance, the latest rescue effort was bolstered by additional intel received from the Beninous Navy during the operation.
“This also emphasizes the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral IE Ibas commitment to ensuring maritime security within Nigeria’s maritime space and the Gulf of Guinea in general,” Shettima added.
Meanwhile, he used the opportunity to warn the criminal elements that engage in any acts of maritime crime within the Gulf of Guinea to desist, noting that the Nigerian Navy has the capability and will power to deal with such perpetrators.
The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone interview.
He explained that men of the Ogun State Police Command were immediately drafted to the market to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
“When I got the distress call, I had to mobilise my available men to ensure that there is no reprisal.
“I have contacted the military authorities to trace the actual identity of the military officers involved and I was told that the military officers came there at the instance of the security of the market,” Ebrimson said.
He added that the police have begun investigations into the incident with a view to bringing the culprit to book while the remains of the victim have been deposited at a morgue in Sagamu.
The police commissioner decried that it was the second time in the less than five months that the military personnel deployed in the market were accused of extra-judicial killings.
The first was during the Isheri Day celebration which held in August at the Isheri Olofin town – located adjacent the Kara market – where three people were alleged to have been killed by soldiers while the investigation into the matter has yet to be concluded.
Ebrimson described Saturday’s incident as “a very sad event” and called on the military authorities to put measures in place to prevent a reoccurrence.
He condemned the deployment of soldiers in the market, stressing that no security situation in the area was beyond what the police could handle.
The police commissioner said, “I don’t know the reason for deploying soldiers into Kara market. We have the Ibafo Police Station, Ojodu Abiodun Police Station; we have Mowe Police State.
“So, I don’t see any security challenge in that axis that we cannot contain. What we are trying to do now is to actually identify the soldiers that were deployed there, whether legally of illegally so that they can account for their misdeed.”
A Saudi air force trainee opened fire Friday at a US naval base, killing three people before being shot dead by police, with the Saudi king quickly offering his condolences to President Donald Trump.
The shooting, which took place in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, left eight people injured including two sheriff’s deputies who responded to the attack.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the shooter was from Saudi Arabia — the same nationality as 15 of the 19 men involved in the 9/11 attacks, some of whom attended flight school in Florida.
“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi air force and then to be here training on our soil,” DeSantis told a press conference.
“Obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. And I think they are going to owe a debt here given that this is one of their individuals.”
Commanding officer Timothy Kinsella said the shooter — whose name authorities declined to release — was an aviation trainee, one of “a couple hundred” foreign students present at the base.
“King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolence sand give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida,” Trump tweeted.
“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people.”
Police received their first call about the shooting shortly before 7:00 am (1200 GMT), Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said.
One of the responding deputies eventually killed the attacker, who used a handgun.
“Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,” Morgan said. “You don’t expect this to happen.”
Kinsella said the base’s security forces first responded to the shooting before outside police agencies arrived.
The facility, made up mostly of classrooms, was shut down until further notice.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene as police rushed to respond.
Federal agencies are investigating, authorities said, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Military rarely targeted
Just two days earlier, a US sailor fatally shot two people and wounded a third at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii before taking his own life.
The Pensacola naval air station hosts 16,000 military personnel and more than 7,000 civilians, and is home to a flight demonstration squadron.
It is an early training center for naval pilots, and is known as the “cradle of naval aviation.”
The base is the center for the US Navy foreign military training programs, established in 1985 specifically for Saudi students before being expanded to other nationalities.
Saudi Arabia has long been a major US ally in the Middle East, thanks primarily to security considerations and oil.
While mass shootings in the United States are common, those at military facilities are rare.
In July 2015, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez carried out an attack at two military installations in Tennessee that killed four Marines and a sailor, with the FBI concluding that the violence was inspired by a “foreign terrorist group.”
Two years earlier, Aaron Alexis killed 12 people and wounded eight others at the Washington Navy Yard, just two miles (three kilometers) from the US Capitol building, before being shot dead by officers.
Four years before that, Major Nidal Hasan, a US Army psychiatrist, killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at Fort Hood.
He was considered a “lone wolf” who supported terror network Al-Qaeda.
Supporters of tighter gun laws seized on the latest shooting.
“Our veterans and active-duty military put their lives on the line to protect us overseas — they shouldn’t have to be terrorized by gun violence at home,” Cindy Martin, a volunteer with the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action whose daughter works at the naval base, said in a statement.
The US Navy will proceed in its effort to oust a member of its elite SEAL commando unit, an official said Saturday, defying the wishes of President Donald Trump.
Edward Gallagher had been accused of war crimes in a high-profile case but was found guilty only of a lesser offense. On November 15, Trump reversed the demotion handed down to the 40-year-old under his conviction.
The Navy this week launched a procedure under which a peer review board could strip him and three other members of his unit of their Trident pins — effectively booting them from the SEALs.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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;
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.
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.
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.