Battle for Somalia’s Kismayo rages

At least seven people killed in fierce fighting between Somali warlords over key southern port city.

MOGADISHU – At least seven people have been killed in the latest fighting between rival Somali warlords battling for control of the southern port city of Kismayo, witnesses said Thursday. (more…)

Nigeria: Four pirates, bandits arrested in Ondo waterways


A private security outfit, on Tuesday arrested four people involved in sea piracy and robbery on the high sea in Ondo State and handed them over to the Joint Task Force operating in the state. (more…)

Nigeria: EFCC arraigns 14 suspects for illegal oil bunkerring

LAGOS— FOURTEEN suspects, arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for illegal bunkering were, Wednesday, arraigned before Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos. (more…)

Lithuania: First members of the National Support Element deployed to Operation ATALANTA

On 26 June, 2013 the first members of the National Support Element (NSE-A) were formally deployed to the EU Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR Somalia) off the Somali coast at a ceremony at the Logistics Command of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Defence Ministry has informed. (more…)

Nigeria: Unrealistic Ultimatum

By Kunle Somorin

At a meeting held last Thursday in Abuja, critical ‘stakeholders’ vowed to stop illegal oil bunkering and theft in 10 days. This is a derisory proposition and it clearly shows the lightheartedness of the so-called “intense deliberation” that culminated in this farcical ultimatum. (more…)

Iran sends naval fleet to Russia

By Sara Rajabova

Iran has dispatched a naval fleet to the Russian port city of Astrakhan in a move to strengthen relations between Tehran and Moscow. (more…)

UN chief welcomes counter-piracy code in Central, West Africa

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the adoption of a code on tackling insecurity in waters off Central and West Africa, calling on regional countries to implement it. (more…)

EU Naval Force and Chinese Navy Work Together To Ensure World Food Programme Aid Ship Remains Safe From Pirates At Sea

On Saturday afternoon (22 June), EU Naval Force Italian warship, ITS Zeffiro and Chinese Navy warship CNS Mianyang, which are both conducting counter piracy operations, met at sea in the choppy waters of the Gulf of Aden. (more…)

Oil theft: NSCDC, JTF destroy 259 illegal refineries

By Tony Ezimakor 

Snr. Correspondent Abuja 

Renewed offensive launched by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in collaboration with the Joint Task Force (JTF) has led to the destruction of over 259 illegal refineries in the eight oil producing states in the Niger Delta. (more…)

SPE mobilises stakeholders against oil theft


The Society of Petroleum Engineers is mobilising stakeholders against crude oil theft, which has become a major challenge to the Nigerian oil and gas industry. (more…)