Court Jails Oil Thief Three Years In Port Harcourt

A Federal High sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced one Job Wilfred to three years imprisonment. Wilifred was sentenced on Thursday on one count bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products – a charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was arraigned by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency following his arrested in 2019 by personnel of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder at Onne in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

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Source: channelstv.com

Niger Delta: Naval chief promises tough days for oil thieves, pirates

From Femi Folaranmi

Oil thieves, pirates and their collaborators, operating in the Niger Delta, are in for tough time, according to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo.

Gambo, who promised to clamp down on criminal elements, warned naval personnel to avoid engaging in acts capable of tarnishing the image of the Nigerian Navy.

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Source: sunnewsonline.com

The Mozambique Channel is the next security hotspot

Mozambique Channel

David Brewster

An Islamist insurgency is spilling danger into a major shipping lane, and countries must decide who they want to fix it.

The waters off Mozambique are becoming a major new security hotspot in the Indian Ocean. An Islamist insurrection in northern Mozambique that the government seems powerless to suppress has also increasingly led to disruption in the Mozambique Channel, a key global shipping route. The Quad countries and European partners must help contain the problem before other actors step into a regional vacuum.

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Source: lowyinstitute.org

Denmark to Deploy Frigate to Gulf of Guinea to Combat Piracy

Expressing its serious concern about the maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish government announced that it plans to deploy a frigate to the region in the fall of 2021. The decision to deploy a naval vessel to the region comes after the Danish Minister of Defense and shipping companies including Maersk had spoken out on the dangers in the region and called for greater action.

As the world’s fifth-largest marine nation, Denmark says on average there are 30 to 40 Danish operated ships sailing through the Gulf of Guinea daily. They placed the value of the trade at $1.6 billion annually but as a seafaring nation said they believed their obligations extended to protecting all commercial shipping and the right to free navigation.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

EFCC Docks Five For Alleged Oil Theft

The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 arraigned Enemo Okoria; Ebhofage Brown; Francis Dapagamo, a Tugboat DP28 and a company, Diesel Power Nigeria Limited before Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on two- count charges bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum product without an appropriate licence.

They all pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to them.
In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, J.N Dogonyaro prayed the court for a date to commence trial.

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Source: channelstv.com

Oil theft: Navy begins Exercise Cold Waters

From Femi Folaranmi

The Nigerian Navy as part of efforts to assess the combat readiness of the its’ men towards tackling maritime insecurity, especially crude oil theft and piracy within the Central Naval Command (CNC) Area of Operations (AOR), has flagged off exercise COLD WATERS (EX AMI JIJI).

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) CNC,   Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, who flagged off the exercise, yesterday ,disclosed that the overall objective is to work towards fulfilling the CNC mandate of securing the nation’s maritime space.

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Source: sunnewsonline.com

15 crew abducted from chemical tanker by pirates off Benin

Jason Jiang

A 2016-built chemical tanker have been boarded by pirates off Cotonou, Benin on Thursday and the 15 crew members onboard the ship have been kidnapped.

According to maritime safety consultancy Dryad Global, the 2016-built 19,800 dwt tanker Davide B, operated by Dutch company De Poli Shipmanagement, has been boarded by nine armed men.

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Source: splash247.com

NIMASA, Navy tackling insecurity, says Jamoh

By Muyiwa Lucas

The Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have strengthened maritime security with the deployment of hitech assets for vessel protection.

Both organisations are intensifying efforts to protect, interdict, and deter threats around vessels anchored in the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA), off the coast of Lagos.

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Source: thenationonlineng.net

Nigerian Navy deploys 14 warships to fight piracy

By Philip Nwosu

The Nigerian Navy has deployed 14 warships and two helicopters to tackle the rising cases of pirates attacks in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

Intelligence from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) had indicated an increase in sea crime around the GoG. The force reaffirmed its commitment to urgently restore normalcy in the nation’s maritime zone and emplace a conducive environment for maritime business to flourish.

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Source: sunnewsonline.com

Nigeria: Gunmen Kidnap 15 in Abuja, Bayelsa, Katsina

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted three persons along Gaube-Kabbi road in Kuje Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Also, a traditional ruler in Brass Local Government identified as Chief Eriakuma Moses and six other travellers along Odioma waterways in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State were yesterday kidnapped by sea pirates.

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Source: allafrica.com