Nigeria: Tackling Resurgence of Militancy, Sea Robbery

Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that the recently flagged off Exercise Calm Waters 11 has recorded some gains in tackling the resurgence of militancy and sea robbery off Nigerian waters, up to the Exclusive Economic Zone

Violent attacks against ships and their crews have risen in 2020, with global figure of 77 seafarers taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January. This was disclosed by the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report.

According to the bureau, the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90 per cent of maritime kidnappings worldwide. Meanwhile ship hijackings are at their lowest since 1993.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: allafrica.com

Yaounde Code of Conduct taking shape in the Gulf of Guinea

Security professionals in the Gulf of Guinea know that if they want to spot criminals in the open water, the best place to look is along a maritime border.

Historically, this has been the space where pirates, illegal fishermen and traffickers felt safest knowing that, if confronted, they could flee into another country’s waters.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: defenceweb.co.za

Nigeria: Navy Deploys Eight Ships, Two Helicopters to Tackle Insecurity in Nigerian Waters

The Nigerian Navy yesterday disclosed that it has deployed eight of its warships and two fighter jets to tackle cases of insecurity in the country’s territorial waters.

It said the deployment is part of a 30-day sea operations tagged: ‘Okun Alaafia II’, a Yoruba word for ‘calm water’ II, which it said is aimed at checking illegalities around the country’s waters.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: allafrica.com

Piracy: Institute urges FG to re-engage Tompolo’s company

He hinged the appeal on the recent acquittal of Chief Government Ekpemupolo and Capt. Enusoh Warredi of charges of corruption and seizure of their maritime security assets, including the surveillance and combat vessels, belonging to GWSV.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: thenewsnigeria.com.ng

Amid a Pandemic, the Jolly Roger Flies High

Asia, West Africa and the Americas experience upticks in naval gang attacks as the coronavirus pandemic stirs fears of increasing piracy.

By Kevin Drew

Late at night in the Singapore Strait, the five men quietly pulled their small speedboat alongside the bulk cargo vessel Vega Aquarius and climbed aboard the much larger ship. The men, armed with knives, were noticed by an on-duty crewman while they were on the stern of the deck.

The men rushed the crewman, who managed to escape after his cell phone was seized. Alarms were raised throughout the ship, deck lights came on and the ship’s full crew was mustered. A ship-wide search failed to find the thieves but revealed that two sets of breathing apparatus were stolen. The attacked seaman sustained minor head injuries.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: usnews.com

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.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: channelstv.com

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

By

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.

To continue reading, please click here.

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.

To continue reading, please click here.

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.

To continue reading, please click here.

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.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: punchng.com