10 Suspected Pirates Accused Of Hijacking Vessel Denied Bail

Adeshola Soyele

The Federal High Court in Lagos has refused to grant bail to 10 suspected pirates accused of hijacking a fishing vessel, FV Hai Lu Feng II, belonging to Haina Fishing Company.

Justice Ayokunle Faji denied them bail on Wednesday on the ground that the gravity of the charge against them bordered on the threat to national security.

He also considered the punishments for the alleged crimes, which stipulates a life sentence or at least a fine of not less than N50 million and restitution, if found guilty under the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Act of 2019.

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Source: channelstv.com

NN Launches Operation ‘Bekan Mmon 2’ In C/ River


The Nigerian Navy at the weekend in Calabar flagged off “Operation Bekan Mmon two” in order to keep the Calabar waterways (maritime environment) peaceful and safe from criminal activities which may include sea robbery, oil bunkering, hostage taking and others for economic prosperity of the country.

Speaking at the navy jetty, Headquarters of Eastern Naval Command Nigerian Navy Calabar during the flag off ceremony of “Operation ‘Bekan Mmon two” (come to the water), Rear Admiral David Adeniran, stated that with launching of the operation, crimes occurring along the maritime environment would become a thing of the past as the navy personnel drafted for the operation are going to ensure that every criminal element troubling people who travel through the waterways would become a thing of the past.

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Source: leadership.ng

Nigerian Pirates Release Kidnapped S. Korean Fishermen

Five South Korean fishermen who were kidnapped from the purse seiner Panofi Frontier in the Gulf of Guinea have been released, according to South Korea’s ministry of foreign affairs.

The abductees were recovered from their captors on Friday at a location in Nigeria. They are reportedly healthy and are in the care of the Korean embassy. When they are ready, they have been provided with the option to travel to Ghana, where their vessel is homeported. the ministry said. One Ghanaian abductee from Panofi Frontier was also released, and he has been transferred to Ghanaian authorities.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

N’ Delta: Navy Launches New Operation, Impounds 31 Illegal Vessels

By Emmanuel Addeh

The Nigerian Navy at the weekend launched a new operation codenamed ‘Doubeni 11’, to curb criminal maritime activities in the country’s oil-producing Niger Delta region.

The Central Naval Command (CNC), which is spearheading the operation, said the 90-day operation in the waterways, which commenced from the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) jetty, Warri, is aimed at conducting evolutions to make the area crime-free and boost economic activities.

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Source: thisdaylive.com

Seamen who paid $200,000 ransom to pirates remanded

Sampson Itode

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday remanded three expatriates and six Nigerians for allegedly aiding and abetting terrorism, kidnapping and possession of illegal firearms. They were arrested in May 2020 by the Nigerian Navy in Port Harcourt.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Johnson, Lemmer and Gordon, in connivance with a company, Pilgrim Africa Limited, allegedly conspired to facilitate the payment of $200,000 ransom to secure the release of three crew members identified as Abaamrane Hamid, Chalabi Abdelaziz and Sanfos Ndong, held hostage by pirates who attacked their Equatorial Guinea flagged vessel, MV ELOBEY VI, off Equatorial Guinea Coast.

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Source: punchng.com

Maritime agency, Customs collaborates on importation, waterways insecurity

By Lucy Ogalue

Abuja, July 22, 2020 Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have agreed to collaborate to tackle issues of Temporary Importation Permit (TIP) and waterways insecurity in the country.

The NIMASA Director-General, Mr Bashir Jamoh, said this during a visit to the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) on Wednesday in Abuja. According to Jamoh, the biggest challenge of the maritime sector is the temporary importation which makes importers avoid paying necessary duty fees.

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Source: naija247news.com

Diplomacy: Malabo and Yaounde strengthen cross-border security

A new page opens in Equatorial Guinea-Cameroon cooperation. By paraphrasing the document of a common strategy to protect their populations on both sides of the 189 km border between them, the two countries commit to blocking the way for the illegal movement of people and the invasion of the enemies of peace. But also to ensure the maritime surveillance that often serves as a gateway for maritime pirates.

Content of the final release

After two days of consultations, the Guinean and Cameroonian delegations decided to strengthen defence and security strategies at the common borders. They also agreed that the principles of:
National sovereignty,
Non-interference in the internal affairs of each country,
Prohibition of the threat or use of force and peaceful settlement of conflicts.

All things that support the two-day talks in Malabo and two more in Yaounde, on June 29 and 30, 2020.

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Source: crtv.cm

UNODC, EU pledge support to Nigeria, others over maritime crimes

By Bola Olajuwon

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have pledged their continued support to strengthening the criminal justice response across West Africa within the framework of a project titled, “Support to West African Integrated Maritime Security (SWAIMS)”.

This is coming as Nigeria pressed ahead with the first ever trial of a piracy case under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act of June 2019.

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Source: thenationonlineng.net

AGF opposes bail application for alleged pirates

Oladimeji Ramon

The Attorney General of the Federation on Monday appealed to the Federal High Court in Lagos State not to grant bail to 10 alleged pirates, who are being tried for the hijacking of a fishing vessel, named FV Hai Lu Feng II, belonging to Haina Fishing Company.

The defendants were arraigned on July 13 before Justice Ayokunle Faji. The defendants are Frank Abaka, Jude Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adekole Philip, Matthew Masi and Bright Agbedeyi.

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Source: punchng.com

Allianz: Gulf of Guinea sees piracy soar

Omobola Tolu-Kusimo

THE Gulf of Guinea has re-emerged as the global piracy hotspot accounting for 90 per cent of global kidnappings reported at sea last year, with the number of crew taken increasing by more than 50 per cent to 121, according to marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2020.

Allianz, in the report made available to The Nation, stated that given heightened political and economic uncertainty in the world, piracy is a threat that is likely to remain for a long time.

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Source: thenationonlineng.net