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Gulf of Guinea Focus Week 45


Navy Flags-Off Operation Water Guard To Check Smuggling In Badagry
Navy Flags-Off Operation Water Guard To Check Smuggling In Badagry

The Nigerian Navy inaugurated Operation Water Guard in Badagry, Lagos, to checkmate smuggling of petroleum products and other contraband in the area. Speaking during the ceremony, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command Operation, said the operation would check activities of economic saboteurs. According to him, Badagry is a place of great historical significance in our nation, but has, unfortunately, gained notoriety for being a hotspot of smuggling activities. “The smuggling of refined petroleum products, narcotics, and foreign-parboiled rice across Nigeria-Benin is not only a challenge, it has constituted economic sabotage and threatened the security and prosperity of the nation.


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Navy Raids Pirates Hideout in Bayelsa
Navy Raids Pirates Hideout in Bayelsa

The Nigerian Navy ship NNS SOROH raided a suspected pirates’ hideout at Foropa community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa. The Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, stated in Abuja that the Naval Base in Yenagoa had sustained operations aimed at curbing piracy and crude oil theft. He added that the exercise was part of NNS SOROH’s determination to curb the proliferation of illegal weapons before, during, and after the off-cycle governorship election in Bayelsa. He stated that the base deployed an anti-sea robbery patrol team from one of its naval security stations to the area for the exercise. “On sighting the Nigerian Navy’s patrol team gunboats, the suspected pirates fled into the bushes.


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Oil Theft: NAF Destroys Six Illegal Refining Sites, Others in Rivers State
Oil Theft: NAF Destroys Six Illegal Refining Sites, Others in Rivers State

The Nigerian Airforce said that its Air Component of Operation Delta Safe has, in the last 3 days destroyed 6 Illegal Refining Sites and 5 Cotonou Boats in Rivers State following intensified air operations. A statement by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of NAF Public Relations and Information said the operation was in furtherance of efforts to combat oil theft and checkmate the activities of economic saboteurs in the Niger Delta Region, He said, “On 12 November 2023, intelligence received revealed the sighting of 3 active Illegal Refining Sites (IRS) and 2 Cotonou Boats siphoning crude oil from pipelines at Cawthorne Channel and Alakri in Rivers State. “The IRS and boats were subsequently engaged and destroyed. “Similar strikes were also carried out at Krakama in Rivers State, on the same day, on 3 Cotonou Boats sighted conveying suspected illegal refined products.


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NIMASA DG Hosts FOC Western Naval Command
NIMASA DG Hosts FOC Western Naval Command

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA Dr Bashir Jamoh says collaboration with the Nigerian Navy has played a key role in the achievements of his administration in terms of maritime security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea. The NIMASA DG stated this when he received the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hasssan and a delegation of senior naval officers at the NIMASA headquarters in Apapa. Jamoh noted that the Nigerian model of maritime security is now being adopted in other countries..


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Ports Reopen as NLC, TUC Suspend Strike
Ports Reopen as NLC, TUC Suspend Strike

Operations resumed fully at the nation’s seaports this morning as the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) suspended the strike action they started. The indefinite strike was called to protest the battering of the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and some other executives of the congress in Owerri, Imo State, on November 1, as well as the pending labour issues in Imo State. SHIPS & PORTS reported that the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) joined other affiliate unions of the unions to enforce a nationwide strike at the seaports MWUN officials had put the ports of Apapa, Tin-Can, Onne, Rivers, Warri and Calabar under lock and key, denying workers, Customs officials and clearing agents into the facilities. However, the unions suspended the strike following a meeting with a delegation of the Federal Government.


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Navy Apprehends 4 Stowaways Onboard TEMA EXPRESS
Navy Apprehends 4 Stowaways Onboard TEMA EXPRESS

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT patrol team said it had apprehended four individuals trying to illegally leave the country onboard Container Vessel TEMA EXPRESS enroute Dubai. The ships’ Commander, Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga, told newsmen in Lagos that the Maritime Domain Awareness Facility, the Falcon Eye Alignment, played a critical role in providing information that led to their arrest. Oguntuga identified the stowaways as Ebi Agrive, 22, Lucky Amusu, 23, Goodness Edu, 28, and Micheal Daniel, 18 years old. “Tactical teams were dispatched to the vessel at Lagos Anchorage, sequel to receiving information from the Maritime Domain Awareness Facility. Upon arrival, the teams noticed movements inside the rudder compartment, consequently, the teams boarded the ship, located and extracted the four stowaways. The stowaways were found with a bag filled with snacks and another polybag containing sachet water,” he said..


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