Court Fixes July 28 To Rule On Bail Application Of 10 Suspected Pirates


The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed July 28 to rule on the bail application brought by 10 suspects facing trial for the hijacking of a fishing vessel, named FV Hai Lu Feng II, belonging to Haina Fishing Company.

Justice Ayokunle Faji fixed the date for ruling after listening to their lawyers who had filed separate bail applications for the defendants.

In their applications for bail, the defendants told the court that since investigations have been concluded, there was no risk of them tampering with evidence or compromising witnesses.

They particularly drew the court’s attention to the fact that three out of the four witnesses listed by the prosecution had already testified.

The lawyers also pointed out that the defendants had no previous criminal record.

The prosecution counsel, Kehinde Bode-Ayeni, from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, opposed the request for bail.

Bode-Ayeni filed a 14-page counter-affidavit and a written address, urging the court to refuse the bail applications and instead give the case accelerated hearing.

After listening to both parties, the presiding judge adjourned the hearing for the application of bail.

‘Pirates’ Kidnap 10 Turkish Sailors Off Nigeria Coast


Ten Turkish sailors on a cargo ship were kidnapped by armed men off the coast of Nigeria, Turkish state media reported Tuesday.

The Turkish-flagged Paksoy-I cargo vessel, operated by shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik, was attacked on Monday night, state news agency Anadolu said.

A Kadioglu Denizcilik employee who wished to remain anonymous told AFP that 10 Turkish sailors were kidnapped among 18 crew members on board the ship.

The employee denied local media reports that two sailors had since been freed.

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A company statement cited by Turkish media said the ship was attacked by “pirates” on its way from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast. It was carrying no freight.

Turkey’s ruling party spokesman Omer Celik said a ship with Turkish crew was “seized” off Nigeria, but did not provide further details.

Celik said Turkish authorities were following the issue closely.

Pirates normally seize sailors for ransom. Nigeria reported 14 pirate attacks in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 22 in the same period in 2018.

An International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report in April attributed the drop to the Nigerian navy’s increased efforts to “actively respond to reported incidents by dispatching patrol boats.”


Google Boosts Fight Against Piracy


Google said Wednesday it is making strides in helping internet users legitimately get songs, films and apps while choking off revenue to websites with stolen digital content.

A 64-page report released by Google claimed progress in the war on piracy, but also noted a new battlefront in the form of “add-on” software that can be installed on legitimate open-source media players such as the Kodi box to illicitly stream copyrighted content.

“Combating illegal streaming on open-source media players like the Kodi box shows both the challenge and the importance of a balanced approach in the fight against piracy,” Google said in the report.

“Pirates have created add-ons to enable Kodi boxes to access infringing works.”

Set-top boxes with suspicious add-ons are removed from Google Shopping, while apps with pre-installed “Kodi add-ons” giving access to pirate sites are removed from the Play Store, according to the internet firm.

The report cited a 2018 global study released by The Institute for Information Law that found the percentage of internet users who engage in piracy has been falling, while spending on legal content is rising.

“Successfully decreasing incidents of copyright infringement has required providing more and better legitimate alternatives to infringing content, as well as more effective tools for combating piracy,” Google said.

Google boasted that it has been generating more money for those who create or own digital content while strengthening its arsenal and efforts to fight piracy.

A YouTube “Content ID” tool creates digital fingerprints of sorts of copyrighted content and then automatically detects it online, allowing owners to have it removed or monetized.

Stopping ‘rogue’ operators 

Websites involved in piracy are “demoted” in search results and cut off from Google’s online ad platform, according to the report.

“One of the most effective ways to combat rogue sites that specialize in online piracy is to cut off their money supply,” Google said.

Since 2012, Google has terminated more than 13,000 AdSense accounts and ejected more than 100,000 sites from its AdSense program for violations of policy on copyrighted material, according to the report.

Meanwhile, a “Google Play” online shop for digital content bans apps that “infringe copyright, encourage illegal streaming, or attempt to deceive users by impersonating other apps.”

Google also told of taking aim at copyright-infringing ads with “considerable” resources. The California-based tech giant said that last year it rejected more than 10 million ads suspected of infringing copyrights or linking to websites that did.

According to the report, Google-owned YouTube paid more than $1.8 billion to the music industry from October 2017 to September 2018.

Digital video revenues are expected to soar from $64 billion last year to $119 billion by the year 2022, while global music streaming revenues more than doubled from 2015 to 2017, according to the report.


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.

Buhari To Attend 3rd Dakar International Forum On Peace And Security In Africa

Buhari To Attend 3rd Dakar International Forum On Peace And Security In AfricaPresident Muhammadu Buhari will attend the Third Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa in Dakar, Senegal, from December 5-6, 2016.

The President’s Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

President Buhari however had a closed-door meeting with the President of Liberia, Mrs Hellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Both leaders began the private discussion shortly after President Sirleaf arrived in the nation’s capital earlier on Monday.

After the meeting, President Buhari is expected to leave Abuja to attend the peace forum which is being convened by President Macky Sall of Senegal, with support from the African Union to discuss security-related challenges on the continent.

It will be attended by African leaders and representatives of regional and international organisations.

President Buhari is scheduled to participate in the Panel of Heads of State on Tuesday, December 6.

The President, who has identified improved security in Nigeria as a priority for development, shares the vision of the forum in finding lasting solutions to security challenges on the continent, notably terrorism and violent extremism, piracy, drugs, child and human trafficking.

In Dakar, the Nigerian leader will use the occasion of his participation in the forum to continue his active engagement with political authorities on the need for enhanced security cooperation in the region.

The theme of the two-day Forum is, “Africa and its Security Challenges: Perspectives for Effective Solutions’’.

Navy Chief Assesses Officers’ Readiness To Safeguard Waterways

navy, waterwaysAs part of efforts to assess the professionalism and preparedness of the Nigerian Navy to adequately protect the nation’s waterways, the Chief Of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, is in Yenagoa for an inspection exercise.

During his visit to the Central Naval Command, he is expected to assess the quality of equipment belonging to the force and evaluate the professionalism of the officers.

The navy chief, who commissioned the gymnastics and relaxation centre of the Naval central command in Yenagoa and inspected other projects, was also hosted by the Deputy Governor of the State, Rear Admiral John Jonah, at the government house.

While receiving Mr Ibas at the Government House, Yenagoa, Mr Jonah called for increased collaboration and support for the Nigerian Navy, to enable the agency effectively police the Niger Delta region and the Nation’s territorial waters.

He noted that, the call is imperative in view of the increasing level of sophistication, with which the criminal elements carry out their nefarious activities in the maritime environment of the country.

The deputy governor, who described the Nigerian Navy as the only national establishment that has the responsibility, resources and training to keep the maritime space safe, urged all stakeholders to give legitimate support to the agency’s fight against crude oil theft, piracy and other crimes in the waterways.

He also expressed full appreciation to the Nigerian Navy for immortalizing Late Rear Admiral Nelson Bossman Soroh, by naming one of its formations, NNS Soroh, after him.

Mr Jonah said the gesture would go a long way in motivating serving naval personnel, to give their best in serving the nation.

“Let me also use this opportunity to publicly commend the Nigerian Navy for its efforts to immortalise one of our heroes, Rear Admiral Nelson Bossman Soroh, who gave his best, in serving our country.

“I thank you all for recognizing his contributions by naming a base, NNS Soroh.

He then called on the Navy to increase its presence in the state, by deploying more mobile stations and machinery to enhance its operations in Bayelsa, which he described as the most riverine state in the entire country.

He believes that Bayelsa State needs more of those mobile stations than other areas, because according to him, it is more riverine than any other state.

Referring to the state as the “centre of gravity”, he appealed for special attention.

“I know it is not easy to have those mobile platforms. But, let’s make sure that, we continue to mount pressure on the management of the system.

The Chief of Naval Staff, told journalists that his visit to the state was in continuation of an ongoing nationwide inspection tour of naval base, equipment and establishments.

He also expressed gratitude to the state government for the donation of a 100-hectare land and gunboats to the Nigerian Navy.

Vice Admiral Ibas promised to make good use of the donations and assured that the Navy would be more proactive in its approach to curbing criminality in the nation’s maritime environment.

He said, “I want to thank you for the support you have provided the Nigerian Navy, since our arrival here both in terms of logistics and welfare support to our bases.

“You are aware, that we have extended our bases and units to create mobile stations, which enables us to be closer to the people and fully cover the flash-points that we have identified.

“We are also in the process of creating additional choke points.”

He expressed hopes that once those areas are well manned and policed, “we will be able to reduce criminality,”.

Funke Akindele Makes Appearance With Husband At ‘A Trip To Jamaica’ Premiere

It ay, fuke akindelewas a star-studded, black carpet event at the premiere of AY’s new movie, ‘A Trip to Jamaica’, in Lagos.

Among those in attendance were fans, supporters as well as celebrities in the music, film and fashion industries.

The movie, which was a mix of Hollywood, Nollywood and Ghallywood actors, featured Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim, Chris Attoh, Dan Davids, Eric Roberts, Rebecca Sylvera, Paul Campbell and AY among others.

In 2014, comedian Ayomakun popularly known as AY, released his debut feature length film ’30 days in Atlanta’, which gained rave reviews and eventually became a box office hit, as the highest grossing film in Nigerian cinema.

Despite mixed reviews, the Robert Peters directed comedy, came back with the spin-off in 2016 ‘A Trifunke akindelep To Jamaica’.

AY, who is regarded as one of Nigeria’s highest grossing comedians, explained that he decided it would be a good idea to shoot the movie in Jamaica because he discovered after some research, that “Jamaicans love Nollywood movies, and we also love their culture, especially in the aspect of Music”.

He also said that as part of making it work, there were a lot of collaborations along-side the movie. Such collaborations he said were between Tiwa Savage and singer, Busy Signal, who created the official motion picture soundtrack for the movie.

Director, Robert Peters further explained the multicultural film, saying “we are trying to connect, trying to make a cross cultural movie and at the end of the day, it is aimed at giving our film a world view”.

AY also addressed concerns on piracy, a menace to which the ’30 days in Atlanta’ fell victim. He said certain measures have been put in place to avoid a repetition.

He, however, appealed to the government to take proactive steps to allay the fears of stakeholders in the creative industry.

Funke Akindele And JJC

Another interesting detail that crowned the event was the first time appearance of Funke Akindele, A.K.A Jenifa, with her singer husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello A.K.A JJC skills.

The couple, who had gotten married in a secret wedding, in London on August 23, 2016, finally came open in public for the first time during the premiere of the movie ‘A Trip To Jamaica’.

Reports say they chose a quiet wedding in London because neither of them wanted to be at the center of attention, having been on that lane before.

“The decision to do it quietly was right for us and we pray for the understanding of our close friends and fans at this offer of a lifetime moment,” the couple said.

Nigerian Navy Hands Over Six Suspected Hijackers

Nigerian NavyThe Nigerian Navy has handed over six suspected persons arrested in connection with the hijack of MT Maximus to the Inspector General of Police’s special investigation panel.

The MT Maximus was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Ivory Coast on February 11.

The whistle blowers were the International Maritime Bureau, while the Nigerian Navy ship Okpabana and Sagbama was scrambled to search and rescue the ship.

It was forcefully boarded on February 17 at about 370 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria.

During the arrest, one pirate was reportedly killed and six of them were arrested and the rescued ship is now in Lagos.

Nigerian Navy Sets Up Task Team To Tackle Piracy

Nigerian NavyWorried by the increasing incidences of kidnapping, hijacking, hostage taking and attacks on merchant ships on Nigerian waterways the Nigerian Navy has set up a maritime task team to nip the menace in the bud.

The Chief of Naval Transformation, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, told journalists that since January 14, 2016, there has been an increase of criminal activities on Nigerian waterways.

To this end, the Chief of Naval Staff has set up a task team to stop the criminals from having access to legitimate shippers and businesses on Nigerian waterways.

The task team, named Operation Tsar Teku, is to be commanded by a Commodore and will involve four ships.


Nomoreloss’ Body Committed To Mother Earth

NomorelossThe body of veteran Nigerian singer and songwriter, Nomoreloss, has been committed to mother earth on Friday.

Nomoreloss, whose birth name was Olumuyiwa Osinuga, was buried at the Ikoyi cemetery in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city.

Family, friends and showbiz practitioners were present at the funeral to pay their last respects to the singer while they lent their support to his wife and daughter.

The talented artiste was confirmed dead on Monday, March 21, after battling an illness since January.

Aged 39, he has contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian music industry and his death would be felt by the industry.

After his death was made known, Twitter was awash with condolences from people in the music industry, his fans and other sympathisers.

Buhari Seeks End To Piracy In Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry

PiracyPresident Muhammadu Buhari has directed law enforcement agencies to step up their efforts to curb the menace of pirates in Nigeria’s entertainment industry so that artistes can enjoy the fruits of their labour.

President Buhari gave the directive after receiving a briefing from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and her Directors on Tuesday in Abuja.

He charged law enforcement agencies to identify the perpetrators of copyright piracy, their sponsors and collaborators, and bring them to justice.

President Buhari also charged the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) to tap into the opportunities presented by their wide reach to shore up their revenue profiles.

Mr NoMoreLoss To Comeback With ‘Beautiful Things’ Album

Mr NomorelossNigerian singer, Muyiwa Osinuga, better known as Mr NoMoreLoss is set to make a comeback to mainstream music with an album titled ‘Beautiful Things’ on June 2nd.

The ‘Iyawo Asiko’ crooner, who recently signed a management deal with Tate Music Group, has not released a new recording for some years. He told Entertainment News on Channels Television that the absence was deliberate.

“I’ve been in and out of Nigeria trying to make sure that when we eventually drop it (this time), we can properly harness the benefits of it,” he said, noting that distribution was a major challenge in the industry.

“So much free music, nobody wants to actually pay for physical CDs”, he complained, but quickly added that “it’s not like they can’t pay for physical CDs, they just don’t know where to get the original copies. Everybody is forced to buy the pirated copy.”

Mr NoMoreLoss is looking to sell his music even outside Nigeria.

“I’m a very old-school type of guy. What you would call a timeless classic. I love to create music that is not just for the now but music you can play 10 years from now,” said the singer whose 13 year old song, Iyawo Asiko, remains a classic.

Speaking on his new work, Mr NoMoreLoss said on “June 2, the album drops globally on Tate Music Group”, a U.S based label he recently signed to.

The album titled ‘Beautiful Things’ is all about positivity, love and reflects the ‘happy place’ the singer now finds himself in.

“Beautiful Things is a summation of the happiness and the joy that I feel with music”, however, there would be no collaborations on the album.

“Maybe there will be a remix album of the same album,” he said.

He’s also working on an 5 track EP which is expected to hit the market “sometime in July 2nd”.