Unrest and Violence Break Out in Strategic Port of Djibouti On Gulf of Aden

Rival accounts of the fatal unrest have been given by the Djibouti authorities and an opposition group. Up to 19 people may have been killed according to the government and opposition reports.

Djibouti Foreign Minister Al Youssouf on Tuesday said the fatalities occurred when police and troops broke up a crowd of “several hundreds” armed with knives, machetes and two Kalashnikov guns. (more…)

Iceberg 1 crew, three years on

23 December will mark the third anniversary of the freeing of the hostages of the Iceberg 1. Originally captured in early 2010 by Somali pirates, the seafarers on board endured almost three years of abuse as their captors tried to extort a ransom of USD 10 million from the owners. An anti-piracy force from the Puntland region besieged the ship, and finally the pirates surrendered after two weeks and three of their number, and one of the Puntland force, had been killed. The ship is shown in the banner at the time of the release of the hostages, having run aground over a year before. (more…)

Navy foils pirate attack on Iranian tanker

Naval forces have successfully saved an Iranian-owned oil tanker from pirates in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. (more…)

Rivers: Many feared dead, as sea pirates attack 3 passenger boats

From Tony John, Port Harcourt

Unconfirmed number of people were killed yesterday, when suspected sea pirates attacked three passenger boats along Kula waterways, in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. (more…)

Nigeria: Our marine police

The Federal Government must take security seriously on our waterways

Two robbery incidents in the Lagos area this year alone speak volumes about the state of Maritime Police in the country. The robbers successfully carried out their operations and escaped through waterways. One occurred on June 24 at Ikorodu, where an armed robbery gang reportedly led by a woman robbed two banks and carted away about N100million. The robbers escaped in two speedboats via the Ikorodu waterway, although they were later arrested by the police. Then, on October 6, about 44 heavily armed robbers said to have dressed in military camouflage invaded two banks in FESTAC. They also escaped through the 4th Avenue canal after operating for about two hours. (more…)

Iranian fishermen attacked by pirates in Somalia, 2 killed

Tehran. Suleyman Farzaliyev – APA. Iranian fishermen clashed with pirates off the coast of Somalia. (more…)

Leave Tompolo Alone Or We Break Nigeria Up – N’Delta Militants

NMS Note: Tompolo is often cited as the alleged owner of Global West Vessel Specialists Ltd., who won a $100 million dollar contract to ensure maritime security in Nigeria’s waters.

Niger-delta ex-militants may be poised for war with the Nigeria authorities following the threats to disintegrate Nigeria if one of their revered leaders, Government Ekpemupolo, widely known as Tompolo is not released immediately by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). (more…)

Mauritius: Retrial for the twelve Somali pirates

The 12 older Somali fishermen accused of high seas piracy and acquitted in court through November 6, 2014 due to a lack of evidence will again have to answer for their alleged acts before the Mauritian courts. (more…)

Nigerian Navy arrests 3 oil theft kingpins

The Nigerian Navy in Delta state have released, from their custody, twenty-one oil theft suspects after their cooperation over investigations aided arrest of three sponsors connected with the crimes for which they had been arrested. (more…)

Five Indians Abducted by Pirates; are Safe: Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said all five Indian sailors have been abducted by pirates in Nigeria but are safe. (more…)