Navy Seize N70m Worth Of Stolen Diesel, Arrest 12 Suspects

Nigerian Navy Resumes 'Exercise Eagle Eye' To Tighten Sea SecurityThe Nigerian Navy says it has impounded a vessel and two large wooden boats both transporting 240,000 litres of stolen diesel, worth 70 million Naira.

The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) pathfinder, (Port Harcourt), Commodore William Kayoda, disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Kayoda the confirmed that a total of 12 suspects were arrested on board the vessel and boats.

He said the seizure was part of the ongoing clampdown on perpetrators of oil theft, piracy and pipeline vandalism in the maritime domain in ivers and its environs.

“In continuation of our clampdown on activities of oil thieves, troops of NNS pathfinder impounded one vessel MV Omisan, loaded with 120,000 litres of petroleum product suspected to be illegally refined diesel.

“Additionally, two very large wooden barges known as Cotonou boats were equally impounded while carrying about 120,000 litres of stolen diesel in combined capacity.

“Twelve suspects were arrested on board the vessel and boats and handed over to the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) for further investigation and possible prosecution,” he said.

The commander also said the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, had given directives to end illegal bunkering within the shortest possible time.

He expressed optimism that the mandate of the CNS and current strategies adopted would drastically reduce incessant attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta.

According to him, the fight against oil theft and pipeline vandalism was a collective responsibility of all Nigerians to ensure that businesses and commerce thrived in the country.

“The Nigerian Navy is ever committed and would never tolerate criminality on the waterways, and so, criminals must have a rethink and engage themselves in legitimate businesses.

“Those who attack our national assets and carry out illegalities on our maritime environment must stop – as they would soon be caught and prosecuted,” he warned.

Kayoda said that troops of NNS pathfinder would continue to carry out 24-hour patrol of the waterways and creeks, while maintaining presence at flash points.

He then urged the public to provide the navy with timely information that would lead to the arrest of criminals and assured them that their identities would be kept confidential.

A Senior Detective of the EFCC, Mr Musa Gidado, who received the suspected oil thieves, said the commission would conduct thorough investigation on the matter.

Furthermore, Gidado added that the suspects would be arraigned if found culpable of the allegations against them.

Navy Conducts ‘Exercise Sharkbite’ To Tighten Sea Security

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The Nigerian Navy has reaffirmed its determination to tighten security around choke points in the maritime environment and the gulf of guinea, with the implementation of ‘Exercise Sharkbite’.

This was made known by the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, during a two-day sea exercise.

According to him, exercise sharkbite was not to inconvenience law abiding seafarers, but to give the assurance that adequate measures are put in place to protect them as well as their properties.

A routine preparation was conducted by naval officers of the eastern naval command on board NNS Okpabana, the flag ship of the command for the sea exercise.

Rear admiral Oluwole, explained that the focus of the exercise is to enhance the preparedness of the command against maritime crime and criminality.

According to him, it is expected to “enhance the capacity of the command in the fight against piracy, sea robbery, hijacking, illegal bunkering and crude oil theft, among other maritime crimes, while implementing the directive of zero tolerance to all forms of maritime illegalities on Nigerian waters”.

The exercise which was conducted by four ships include man overboard, target shooting, anti-piracy and air-sea simulation operations.

At the end of the operation, the FOC gave a summary of what had been done and areas where operational improvement would be made.

In his words: “there some areas we noticed that operational improvements should be made, although they are not critical areas that we should worry about.

“The four ships that participated in the exercise were able to go through simulation operation flawlessly, proving that the navy is ready to undertake real life assignments as the need arises.”

Exercise sharkbite is sequel to an exercise earlier conducted at the Armed Forces Simulation Centre Jaji, Kaduna, between October 10 and October 14, 2016.

Nigerian Navy Nabs Oil Thieves in Rivers State

Nigerian-Navy-In-creekThe Nigerian Navy ship, NNS Pathfinder  in Rivers State, has impounded two vessels with over 250,000 liters of illegally refined automated gas oil.

The arrest took place at Wogono and Abonema wharf, in Okrika and Port-Harcourt city local government areas of the state.

According to the Commander of NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Obi Egbuchulam, the operation is in continuation of the clampdown of the Nigerian Navy on oil thieves and illegal bunkers on Nigeria’s maritime environment.

In his words, “the suspects nabbed would be handed over to the appropriate agencies for investigations and eventual prosecution”.

The navy called on communities in the riverine areas to always make available useful information to aid the fight against pipeline vandalism, illegal bunkering and other maritime crimes.

Navy Nabs Suspected ‘Notorious’ Niger Delta Militant

Nigerian-Navy-In-creekThe Nigerian Navy has nabbed a suspected ‘notorious’ militant wanted since 2011 and also involved in pipeline vandalism, sea robbery and illegal oil bunkering.

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, working hard to safeguard the nation’s territorial waters and borders against coastal insecurity, illegal bunkering, piracy and pipeline vandalism, announced the arrest on Thursday.

Addressing reporters at the NNS headquarters in Warri Delta State, Commander Jik Dzunve said NNS Delta officials would continue to check the activities of militants in the oil-rich region.

Oil bunkering has long become a serious issue in Niger Delta, with Nigeria losing huge sum at a period that crude oil price has dropped drastically.

This growing trend has been a source of serious concerns to security operatives, as they intensify efforts to put a stop to it.

In response to this, the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta which is also a part of Operation Delta Safe, mandated to curb and possibly put an end to illegal bunkering in the oil-rich region paraded the suspect, Abraham Duru also known as Gabon for oil theft and other related crime.

According to the Commander, the suspected militant has been on a wanted list since 2011

Confessing to his crime, the suspect explained how he got himself involved in the criminal act.

Assuring Nigerians that the Navy component of Operation Delta Safe is bent on eradicating the menace of various criminal activities in the region, Commander Dzunve said that the suspect would be handed over to the relevant agency for further prosecution.

As the security agencies intensifies efforts to eradicate this excesses, they are asking for collaboration between communities in order to respond to the increasing rate of stealing of crude oil through illegal oil bunkering activities in the creeks of the Niger Delta.

Oil theft in the Niger Delta has compounded Nigeria’s revenue drive, with the nation losing millions per day.

Resurgence of militants activities and agitations in form of attacks on oil installations in the region has further dipped oil production by over 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.56 million bpd.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most attacks that have forced some oil companies in the region to declare force majeure.

They have, however, said they have agreed to ceasefire and negotiate with the Federal Government.

Naval Chief Assures Of Security On Waterways

Nigerian-Navy-In-creekThe Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir is assuring residents around all the Eastern Naval Command Base of utmost security of their lives and property.

According to the Naval boss, the command has doubled its presence on the waterways, to ensure no crime is recorded.

The Rear Admiral was speaking with journalists after the last quarter road march of officers and ratings of the command to improve their fitness in Calabar the Cross River State capital.

The FOC, who was represented by the Command Operation Officer, Commodore Ime Henry Ekpa, said the command is not ignorant of the fact that though there is no society devoid of crime, the command is determined to curb the criminal activities on the waterways.

He maintained that, there are lined up of many operations and exercise which the Chief of Naval Staff himself is expected to involved to ensure that all our seafarers enjoy safe passages and do their businesses unhindered.

The road march which kicked off from the NNS Victory base through IBB Way, Marian Road, Mary Slessor Avenue, Calabar Road and back to the base is according to the Commanding Officer, NNS Victory meant to ensure the fitness of officers at all times in the discharge of their duties and also a way of alerting the public of their presence at this festive period.

Naval Chief Calls For Effective Prosecution Of Oil Thieves

Naval Chief Calls For Effective Prosecution Of Oil ThievesThe Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has called for the effective prosecution of oil thieves in Nigeria.

The Naval Chief made this statement after the destruction of an illegal refinery by the base operations of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder in Rivers State.

He noted that oil theft had been intense in the last two months, maintaining that 78 illegal refineries and over 900,000 litres of stolen crude were destroyed within the period.

The operation was led by the Base Operations Officer of the NNS Pathfinder, Commander Innocent Ejiofor.

However,in a meeting with senior naval officers at the Eastern Naval Command in Port Harcourt Area, the Naval boss warned that no naval officer caught aiding and abetting crude oil theft would be spared.

He also hinted that the Navy was re strategising to make life unbearable for crude oil thieves in the country.

Nigerian Navy Rescues 2 Foreign Nationals

nigerian-navyAfter 10 days of helplessly drifting on sea and surviving on raw fish, two foreign nationals have been rescued by the Nigerian Navy ship ranger and taken to Forward Operating Base (FOB), Bonny.

The Commanding Officer, Captain Joseph Nwachi, told Channels Television that the two men will be handed over to the Nigerian Immigration for necessary action.

He said: ”On the 22nd of June, our men from NNS Pathfinder who are deployed at a place called Mistras, an offshore platform, intercepted a boat drifting with two people inside.

”On interruption, they couldn’t speak English. Luckily, one of the workers on board Mistras could speak Portuguese, because they found out that they were Portuguese speaking nationals from the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, who lost their engines and their boat started drifting for about 10 days and they were feeding on raw fish for that period.

”They brought them to our base and we were able to also get in touch with the platform and they gave us the report of what transpired.

”Consequently, we contacted our base, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, located at Rumuolumeni. The Commander there, Commander S.A Mohammed, directed that we should hand them over to immigration.”

He also noted that the Nigerian Navy will not relent in the fight against oil thieves, to ensure safety of the nation’s territorial waters.

Kogi State Youth Allege Fake Ballot Papers In Polling Boots

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The State House of Assembly election was disrupted by some youths who alleged that the ballot papers were fake at Ayingba, a town under Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The Assistant Presiding Officer of the Ijileft unit, Mr Buhari, told Channels Television that the All Progressives Congress (APC) group destroyed the ballot boxes.

The mobile policemen dispersed to Ayingba came in to arrest the situation by shooting sporadically to scare people away as the situation was going out of hand.

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Samuel Ogunjemilusi, in company of the NNS, Lugard Commodore, DSS Director and the Army commander visited Ayingba.

The security top officials had a chat with some members of the group.

The group accused some top government officials of committing electoral malpractice. They also accused the DPO in Ayingba of compromising after collecting money.

Meanwhile, in Lokoja, Channels Television Correspondent spoke with the Kogi State Residence Electoral Commissioner, Professor Jacob Jatau, who said that the allegation levied on him was baseless.

Professor Jatau noted that he had not seen the Governor of the state since he assumed office as the Governor of  Kogi State.

Speaking on the allegation of fake ballot papers, the REC said that the ballot papers were authentic.

The Kogi State House of Assembly election started in some parts of the state as early as 8am with accreditation of electorate.

However, the turn out of people in the state was very low in most of the polling units visited by Channels Television Correspondent in Lokoja and outside the state capital.

Nigerian Navy Assures Travelers Of Security During Election

nigerian navyAs the elections draw closer, the Nigerian Navy has expressed its commitment to ensuring adequate security of lives and properties of Nigerians travelling by sea, to exercise their franchise.

The Navy gave the assurance, just as the Eastern Naval Command embarked on a show of force along the Calabar water ways, in preparation to support the Independent National Electoral Commission in handling and distribution of electoral materials.

Speaking to reporters after the seven kilometre exercise on the high sea, the representative of the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Rear Admiral Atiku Abubakar, said, the essence of the trip before the elections was to allow personnel practice the act of providing security in the nation’s waters.

In line with the Nigerian Navy’s role of aid to civil authority, the routine activity to always prepare personnel for unforeseen dangers on the waterways took-off from the NNS Victory Jetty and terminated at the Parrot Island.

According to the Rear Admiral, the patrol of the maritime environment would also send a signal of warning to sea pirates to desist from their activities or face the wrath of the law.

The FOC told reporters that the Nigerian Navy was working in collaboration with the Cross River State government and other security agencies, to ensure safety of lives and property.

The Cross River State Government said the exercise was exciting and reassured the public of a hitch free electoral exercise.


Nigerian Navy Destroys Illegal Refineries, Arrest Oil Thieves In Rivers

NavyThe Nigerian Navy has again made good its promise to ensure that the country’s waterways are made unsafe for oil thieves to operate.

The Nigeria Navy Shipyard, NNS pathfinder has destroyed over 20 illegal refineries, 500 drums containing refined AGO and three storage tanks along Onne axis.

Out board and pumping machines used for siphoning crude illegally were also recovered with five suspected oil thieves and a tugboat also arrested in Alakiri Creek in Rivers State.

The leader of the arrested suspects, Emma Frank, however, claimed that the Navy was not unaware of their activities.

The claim was immediately dismissed by the commander, Godwin Ochai, who said that the so called approval was illegal.

He insisted that investigations were ongoing and no stone would be left unturned in the fight against maritime crimes.

Although their operations remain tough, according to the Navy, there would be no going back until they end the war against maritime criminals.

Maritime Crime: FG Partners EU On Military Training

Maritime crimeThe Nigerian Government is partnering the international community to effectively train stakeholders in the marine sector on how to be combat ready to tackle their challenges.

This is in its bid to put an end to the increasing maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the maritime security crisis response exercise code named Exercise OTUM KIET, the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Charles Medani, averred that the training would, among other reasons, step up strategic approach towards a safe, secure and stable maritime domain.

Exercise OTUM KIET, which literally means working together in Efik language, is the second in the series of training to ensure adequate security in the gulf of Guinea.

Organized by the office of the National Security Adviser in collaboration with the European Union’s Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea (CRIMGO), the training put together for the Nigerian Navy, other Military and Para-military personnel is to collectively get the men better skilled on the prevention and repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illegal maritime activities in West and Central Africa.

Beyond capacity building by the EU, which is a stepping stone towards attaining the target of the exercise, Rear Admiral Charles Medani believes as Oliver twist believes, that the biggest issue in maritime security in West Africa is not just skills but platforms.

He called on the European Partners to also look at the possibility of providing enforcement capability alongside the expertise.

A representative from the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babatunde Samuel, as well as the EU CRIMGO Training Coordinator, Eric Glotin, gave assurance that the continuous training of maritime security stakeholders and impartation of technical skills would help to decrease the challenges currently being faced by nations in West Africa.

The training was held at the NNS Victory Jetty in Calabar the Cross River State capital. It is a bi-annual event.

FG Promises Relentless Support To Security Agencies

 Obanikoro 422x280The Federal Government has given assurance that it would continue to give security agencies in the country the necessary support they require to overcome the security challenges facing the country.

The reaffirmation was made by the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on behalf of the President, during his familiarization tour of Nigerian Navy facilities in Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.

With special focus on the Nigerian Navy, the Senator noted that most of the nation’s wealth in form of natural resources come from the maritime domain, and further stressed the Federal Government’s commitment to eradicate challenges that impede the efficiency of the Nigerian Navy.

Obanikoro noted that though the challenges of the Navy were many, inadequate funding appeared to be the most challenging of them. He assured that he would work to change the situation so that the Navy can live up to its primary responsibilities, especially given the current security situation in the country.

The Commanding Officer, Forward Operation Base, Ibaka, Navy Captain Kelechi Osuoji, who described the Minister’s visit as significant, expressed optimism that most of the challenges of the Navy in the zone would be addressed and reduced to barest minimum.

The Minister was accompanied by other security officers in the region, including the Commander of NNS JUBILEE, Ikot Abasi, Commodore Joel Ifeanyi Ogazi and the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Charles Medani among others.

Nigeria has been battling various security challenges ranging from militancy, piracy, Boko Haram insurgency, all of which constitute major threats to the country’s economy and internal infrastructural development.

The assurance by the Federal Government came shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for the approval of the National Assembly to borrow $1 billion (N162bn) to finance the war against insurgency.