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Gulf of Guinea Focus Week 34


Oil Thieves Flee as Troops Destroy Illegal Refinery in Delta
Oil Thieves Flee as Troops Destroy Illegal Refinery in Delta

Troops of 6 Division, Nigerian Army destroyed eight active ovens used for refining of stolen crude oil around Ogbokoko and Atu in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta. The troops also destroyed 14 reservoirs containing an estimated 200,000 litres of stolen crude oil and 90,000 litres of diesel. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, stated that the destruction was conducted in a swoop on the area by troops conducting anti-oil theft operations. He further implored the public to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance on-going operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.


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Why Nigeria’s waterways are not safe
Why Nigeria’s waterways are not safe

The Nigerian Navy said the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has declared that the nation’s waterways were unsafe to do business in the past due to the habit of abandoning oil theft vessels along the waterways. The Navy said such abandonment of vessels contributed to the high insurance premium on ships operating in Nigerian waters, adding that clearing the waters had cost so much money. In a statement issued by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore A.O Ayo-Vaughan, the Navy said a vessel identified as MV Cecelia was being tracked by the naval authorities for alleged oil theft.


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Maritime Security: NIMASA’s Deep Blue Assets Fully Deployed, Functioning – Navy
Maritime Security: NIMASA’s Deep Blue Assets Fully Deployed, Functioning – Navy

Assets acquired by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue project have been deployed across the South West, Central, and Eastern Zonal operations to enhance patrol of the Nigerian maritime domain. The Acting Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command and Commander Deep Blue Project, Commodore Victor Choji, made the declaration during a working visit by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mohammed Abdullahi to the Management of NIMASA.


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Oil Theft: Navy Clears Air on Arrested Vessel, MV CECELIA
Oil Theft: Navy Clears Air on Arrested Vessel, MV CECELIA

The Nigerian Navy (NN) says the Merchant Vessel (MV) CECELIA arrested on Aug. 15 at Meco Jetty in Port Harcourt, was carrying illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO). The Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, said that the claim by the alleged owner of the vessel that his vessel was seized and burnt by the navy was spurious and baseless. “For the avoidance of doubt and to set the records straight, MV CECELIA has been a vessel of interest and was being tracked for allegations of oil theft. “A press interview was conducted immediately after the arrest; however, the owners of the vessel remained at large.


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Oil Theft: JTF Arrest Vessel, 10 Crew Members in Rivers
Oil Theft: JTF Arrest Vessel, 10 Crew Members in Rivers

The Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), arrested an oil vessel MV Ofuoma and 10 crew members conveying alleged illegally refined petroleum products in Rivers. The Component Commander OPDS, Commodore John Siyanbade, who represented the OPDS Commander, Rear Adm. Olusegun Ferreira said MV Ofuoma was arrested on Aug. 15, at Abuloma jetty in Port-Harcourt by the Nigerian Navy Ship, Pathfinder. According to him, the vessel is being used as a storage facility for illegally refined oil products. He said: “The vessel was receiving product suspected to be illegally refined AGO from a dug out wooden boat alongside it.


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