Sea bandits lay siege to Delta, Bayelsa
By Emma Amaize & Samuel Oyadongha
BURUTU—ARMED pirates have invaded the Burutu-Warri waterways and riverine communities in Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, where they robbed passengers of valuables and carted away speedboats and engines. (more…)
Nigerian pirates threaten to kill captured Russian sailor
Maritime bandits who abducted a Russian seaman after a failed attack on a ship off the Nigerian coast threaten to kill the captive unless an unspecified ransom is paid.
Al-Shabaab and pirate work together: Galmudug Official
Cooperation between Somalia’s Al-Shabab fighters and pirate gangs is what becomes clear and obvious as the Al-Shabaab group becomes more desperate for funding, commander of Galmudug forces said on Sunday. (more…)
Military flushes out armed groups in A’Ibom
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo
The joint military operations comprising the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Army have dislodged alleged armed criminal groups terrorising communities in Akwa Ibom State. (more…)
This is the New Piracy Hot Spot
BY LAURA SECORUN PALET
It’s Tuesday morning, and Phillip Belcher pauses anxiously before opening an email. The subject line reads: “Vessel under attack at this moment.” He clicks through to the bleak description that notes a ship is under attack by a skiff, or small boat — and under fire. “Nobody attempted to board vessel yet,” the message continues, “but the crew is afraid that it may happen.” From Belcher’s office in central London, there is little he can do for those seamen besides hope for the best. (more…)
Foreign sailors seized off Nigeria freed
Niger Delta oil rebels have freed five foreign hostages seized last month off the coast of Nigeria, a maritime consultancy firm and the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday. (more…)
Nigeria: ‘Military On Red Alert to Combat Militants – CDS
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, has said that troops have been placed on high alert to combat any militant attack in the Niger Delta. (more…)
Signs grow of new Western urgency to stop Islamic State in Libya
BY AIDAN LEWIS
An hour’s drive from the Libyan city of Sirte, a few dozen troops man outposts along a desert road. They are hoping the West will soon be giving them more help to fight a common enemy: Islamic State. (more…)
Pirates kidnapped two seamen from offshore vessel Bourbon Liberty 251 in Gulf of Guinea
Pirates attacked the offshore supply vessel Bourbon Liberty 251 around 55 nautical miles off Brass, Niger Delta and kidnapped two crew members. The hijacked crew members are the Master of the vessel (Russian national) and an able seamen of Nigerian nationality. The offshore supply vessel Bourbon Liberty 251 was attacked by 6 heavily armed men, who reached her with a fast boat. According to the witness evidence, they were well organized and looted the ship, damaged all communication equipment, kidnapped two seamen and fled in eastern direction. The other seamen succeeded to hide in ship’s engine room during the piracy attack. (more…)
Police withdraw Tompolo’s security aides
By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor
WARRI- GOVERNOR of one of the South-South states and prominent Ijaw leaders in Delta region have counseled the ex-General Officer Commanding, GOC, defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, to show up before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, which renewed a bench warrant for his arrest on Monday.
An Ijaw leader, who preferred anonymity told Vanguard, yesterday: “Our counsel to Tompolo is to stem the feared bombardment of our communities and harassment of innocent citizens by security operatives under the guise of searching for him and perpetrators of January pipeline bombing in the state.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, had withdrawn the security aides approved for Tompolo by the Federal Government since 2009 under the leadership of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
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