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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 9


Nigerian, Cameroonian Naval Forces Intercept Vessel Filled with 30,000 Litres of Stolen Crude
Nigerian, Cameroonian Naval Forces Intercept Vessel Filled with 30,000 Litres of Stolen Crude

Troops of the Nigerian Army have seized about one million litres of crude oil believed to have been stolen from wellheads in Rivers. Brig.-Gen. Eddie Effiong, Commander, 6 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, said this when he led journalists on a tour of illegal bunkering sites in Odagwa community in Etche, Rivers. He said that troops discovered the crude oil stored in eight large reservoirs following a tip-off about the operation of illegal refineries in a dense forest in the area. “The tip-off indicated that after we had destroyed an illegal refinery around the area previously, the oil thieves regrouped and re-established another site opposite the former location. “We found eight reservoirs and five coking pots at the new site, with each reservoir having a minimum of 100,000 litres of stolen crude oil.


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Army Recovers 1m Litres Of Stolen Crude Oil In Rivers
Army Recovers 1m Litres Of Stolen Crude Oil In Rivers

Troops of the Nigerian Army have seized about one million litres of crude oil believed to have been stolen from wellheads in Rivers. Brig.-Gen. Eddie Effiong, Commander, 6 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, said this when he led journalists on a tour of illegal bunkering sites in Odagwa community in Etche, Rivers. He said that troops discovered the crude oil stored in eight large reservoirs following a tip-off about the operation of illegal refineries in a dense forest in the area. “The tip-off indicated that after we had destroyed an illegal refinery around the area previously, the oil thieves regrouped and re-established another site opposite the former location. “We found eight reservoirs and five coking pots at the new site, with each reservoir having a minimum of 100,000 litres of stolen crude oil.


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3 Drown, 11 Rescued in Lagos Boat Accident
3 Drown, 11 Rescued in Lagos Boat Accident

Tragedy struck late evening when a passenger boat capsized along Ibeshe-Ikorodu channel with three persons, two males and a female recovered dead, while 11 others were rescued alive. The unfortunate incident, according to eyewitnesses occurred at about 7.30 pm after the boat suddenly developed mechanical fault. Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, confirmed the incident. According to Oke-Osanyitolu, “The agency responded to distress calls concerning a Passenger Boat which took off from Addax Jetty around 7pm. “On arrival, it was discovered that passenger ferry boat named Oluwaseyifunmi carrying 14 people had capsized due to a suspected mechanical fault and was rapidly submerged following its departure from the aforementioned terminal.


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SIFAX Group Chairman Joins In Commissioning Newly-Acquired NPA Patrol Boat
SIFAX Group Chairman Joins In Commissioning Newly-Acquired NPA Patrol Boat

The Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (CON), recently joined other maritime big wigs such as Gboyega Oyetola, Honorable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy; Mohammed Bello-Koko, MD, Nigerian Ports Authority and Adewale Adeyanju, PG, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria to commission the newly-acquired patrol boats by the Nigerian Ports Authority. In a press statement issued by SIFAX Group after the commissioning, the group said it would continue to support initiatives aimed at improving the Nigerian waterways.


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Tantita, NPF, Secures Victory As Court Orders Forfeiture Of MT Kali To FG
Tantita, NPF, Secures Victory As Court Orders Forfeiture Of MT Kali To FG

Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL) in collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has secured a significant victory as the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the forfeiture of the illegal crude oil vessel, MT Kali, and its contents to the Federal Government. This ruling marks a pivotal moment in the prosecution of oil thieves and their associates, with 20 crew members, including local accomplices, arrested in the operation. Under Charge NO. FHC/ABJ/CR/18/2024 B/W: INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE V. MT KALI & 22 ORS, the vessel and its 22 crew members were arraigned before Justice J.O. Abdulmalik.


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Shell Introduces Unmanned Vessel For Undersea Pipeline Evaluation As Concerns Rise
Shell Introduces Unmanned Vessel For Undersea Pipeline Evaluation As Concerns Rise

Stakeholders have called for caution in the deployment of artificial intelligence and technologies which may result in job losses in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. The stakeholders made the call following the announcement by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) that it had introduced surface water drone for pipeline survey in its shallow water operations. Shell had said that it had deployed an Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) for pipeline route survey in the Niger Delta. NAN learnt that the USV, a water surface drone with no human crew, could be used for underwater pipelines examination and integrity assessment among others.


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