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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 5


Navy Discovers Five Illegal Refineries In Ondo
Navy Discovers Five Illegal Refineries In Ondo

The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, Igbokoda, said it had discovered five illegal refineries in some communities in the Araromi seaside area of Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. The military said the illegal refineries contained a total of 365,000 litres of crude oil, adding that the illegal refineries are undergoing destruction. The Commanding Officer of the base, Navy Cpt. Wasuku Alushi disclosed this after he led the military team on a tour of the illegal refining sites. According to him, the move was in furtherance of the Navy’s fight against crude oil theft and other related vices in the Niger Delta region, specifically in Ilaje LG of Ondo State.


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UNCTAD Sounds The Alarm Over Unprecedented Disruptions To Global Trade
UNCTAD Sounds The Alarm Over Unprecedented Disruptions To Global Trade

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has sounded the alarm over rising disruptions in global trade due to escalating geopolitical tensions and climate change. It said the disruptions are especially affecting major shipping routes such as the Black Sea, the Suez Canal, and the Panama Canal. Maritime transport, which accounts for over 80% of the global movement of goods, has been hit hard by these disruptions. Recent attacks on Red Sea shipping, geopolitical crises, and climate-related challenges have resulted in a dramatic decline in trade through key global routes. Over the past two months, weekly transits through the Suez Canal have plunged by 42%, according to UNCTAD. The ongoing Ukrainian conflict has drastically reshaped oil and grain trade patterns. Meanwhile, the Panama Canal faces severe water level reductions due to climate change, leading to a shocking 36% drop in total transits over the past month.


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Navy Arrests 11 Suspects In Rivers For Attempting To Construct Illegal Refinery
Navy Arrests 11 Suspects In Rivers For Attempting To Construct Illegal Refinery

The Nigeria Navy handed over 11 artisans arrested on suspicion of planning to construct an illegal refinery to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Port Harcourt. Cdr. Sa’id Kabir, the Base Operations Officer of Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder Port Harcourt, handed the suspects over to Mr Monday Lawal of the NSCDC Command in Rivers. Kabir said the suspects were arrested during a patrol of Krakrama Waterways to combat illegal oil bunkering in Rivers. “The arrests were made in line with the strategic mandate on zero tolerance for crude oil and other petroleum products theft. “NNS Pathfinder’s Tactical Response and Assault Squadron intercepted a boat with 11 persons on board during a patrol around Krakrama Creeks on Jan. 23.


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Police Neutralises Suspected Sea Pirate, Oil Thief in Rivers
Police Neutralises Suspected Sea Pirate, Oil Thief in Rivers

The Rivers State Police Command says it has neutralised a notorious sea pirate and illegal oil bunkering baron identified as John Togo, who terrorised coastal communities along Bonny-Port Harcourt, Okrika and Andoni waterways. Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, noted that before his death, ‘Togo’ operated illegal oil bunkering camps, engaged in arms trafficking, and was responsible for numerous heinous acts such as ambushes, murders, and robberies. Disu, briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, said operatives of the Command, in collaboration with the C4I intelligence unit and the Borikiri Police Division acting on credible intelligence, launched an operation to apprehend Togo and his gang, which resulted in a firefight, leading to Togo’s death and the recovery of his body.


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Lekki Port Receives 15,000 TEU CMA CGM Scandola-Largest Container Ship To Visit Nigeria
Lekki Port Receives 15,000 TEU CMA CGM Scandola-Largest Container Ship To Visit Nigeria

Nigeria’s Lekki Deep Seaport received the 15,000 TEU LNG-powered CMA CGM Scandola — the largest container ship to visit the West African country. CMA CGM Scandola is the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered vessel to berth not only in Nigeria but also in the entire West Africa sub-region. The vessel has capacity to carry 15,128 TEUs, has a length overall of 366 meters and a width of 51 meters. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello Koko and the Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup, were among dignitaries that welcomed the vessel to the port.


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100 Migrants Dead Or Missing In Mediterranean Sea — IOM
100 Migrants Dead Or Missing In Mediterranean Sea — IOM

Nearly 100 migrants have died or disappeared in the central and eastern Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2024, more than double the toll recorded last year during the same period, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The UN agency disclosed this during an Italy-Africa Conference in Rome. The conference was attended by more than two dozen African leaders and European Union officials to discuss economic ties and ways to curb undocumented migration to Europe. “The latest record of deaths and disappearances is a stark reminder that a comprehensive approach that includes safe and regular pathways is the only solution that will benefit migrants and states alike,” IOM Director General, Amy Pope, said.


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