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Gulf of Guinea Focus - Week 49


Crude oil theft: Navy nabs oil vessel with 17 crew members
Crude oil theft: Navy nabs oil vessel with 17 crew members

The Nigerian Navy, said its Forward Operating Base, FOB, IGBOKODA, in Ondo State, apprehended a 77-meter-long Motor Tanker, MT VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS involved in crude oil theft. This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, in Abuja. Ayo-Vaughan said the vessel, which had 17 crew members onboard at the time of arrest, was caught engaging in illegal siphoning of crude oil from one of the well heads at EBESAN oil field about 7 nautical miles off the coast of Awoye riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. He said the arrest of the vessel followed credible intelligence received by the Base on the illegal activities of crude oil thieves at the location, which informed the swift deployment of FOB IGBOKODA personnel to nab the vessel and its crew.


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Navy Hands Over 14 Crew Members To Department Of Fisheries, Others
Navy Hands Over 14 Crew Members To Department Of Fisheries, Others

The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Cape Formoso handed over a fishing trawler; MFV Seven Stars and its 14 crew members to the Federal Department of Fisheries. Also, two Indians without their passports were handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), and unknown substances to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Bayelsa. The Navy seized the trawler on Nov. 29, 2023 at position lat. 04 08′ 17 N’ and long 006 18′ 59″ E about 6nm from Brass Terminal.The handing over was held at a brief ceremony at the FOB Egwema, Brass, and performed by the Commanding Officer, Capt. Murtala Aminu Rogo, represented by the Executive Officer, FOB, Commander Dantani Ishaku Bukar.”


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Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime
Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, said that the Nigerian Navy had acquired 12 Comstrac System Ovation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve the fight against maritime crime. Ogalla made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the UAVs and the adoption of the revised Local Operating Procedure and Local Training Order, held at the Naval Air Base, Ojo, Lagos. The CNS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Zakariyyah Muhammed. Ogalla said that the surveillance UAVs would complement the already existing air assets of the Nigerian Navy, while supporting the surface ships and maritime domain awareness platforms. “In an era where the nature of warfare is evolving rapidly, embracing cutting-edge technologies becomes imperative for enhancing our national security.


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Maritime Security Challenges In Nigeria Underline Urgent Need For Legal Reforms–Maiguwa
Maritime Security Challenges In Nigeria Underline Urgent Need For Legal Reforms–Maiguwa

The President of Maritime Security Providers Association of Nigeria (MASPAN); Mr. Emmanuel Maiguwa has identified critical gaps in Nigeria’s approach to maritime security threats, this is even as he has called for reforms of some of the Acts. Maiguwa in a recent presentation at the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) event, underscored the need for comprehensive legal reforms to safeguard the nation’s extensive maritime interests. The MASPAN President emphasized the global significance of water transportation stating that with maritime trade identified as a cornerstone of the global economy, securing this space against evolving threats has become a priority for littoral states like Nigeria, which boasts the largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Gulf of Guinea.


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Yemen’s Houthis Claim Attack On Norwegian Tanker
Yemen’s Houthis Claim Attack On Norwegian Tanker

Yemen’s Houthis said on they carried out a military operation against the Norwegian commercial tanker STRINDA in their latest protest against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. The group said it hit the tanker with a rocket because it was delivering to an Israeli terminal and after its crew ignored all warnings, Houthi military spokesperson Yehia Sarea said in a statement. However the tanker’s owner, Norway’s Mowinckel Chemical Tankers, said the vessel was headed to Italy with a cargo of palm oil to be used in biofuels. It was not planning to stop in Israel, a company’s spokesperson told Reuters. The STRINDA had loaded vegetable oil and biofuels in Malaysia and was headed for Venice, data from shiptracking firm Kpler showed. Houthi officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli government.


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NNPC Ltd Reports 127 Crude Oil Theft Incidents in One Week
NNPC Ltd Reports 127 Crude Oil Theft Incidents in One Week

Nigeria recorded 127 crude oil theft incidents between December 2 and 8. This is according to data shared in a report by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) via its X (formerly Twitter) account on, December 12. During the reported week, the NNPC Ltd ( and its security partners discovered several incidents, 51 illegal refineries were uncovered, 29 illegal connections were identified, 8 vessels were found to have AIS (Automatic Identification System) infractions, 6 acts of pipeline vandalism were detected, 5 illegal storage sites were located, 13 arrests were made involving wooden boats, 3 oil spills were reported, 11 vehicle arrests were made, along with 1 vessel arrest.


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