June 25, 2017

Four Indian, Polish crew members kidnapped off Niger Delta coast

Four crew members kidnapped after an oil vessel was attacked by pirates last week are still missing, security sources have revealed to the Vanguard. According to the report, the Indian and Polish kidnap victims are crew members on the Singapore-flagged tugboat MDPL Continent One. The vessel was attacked some 30 nautical miles off the Niger Delta coast on June 13. CS Offshore, the boat’s management company, confirmed the incident to Reuters, but declined from giving further details so as not to jeopardize the lives of those involved. Reports of this recent kidnapping comes even as a French sailor, Benjamin Elan, ...

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Military arrests delta militant over April police killings

Nigeria’s military said on Friday that they have arrested the suspected mastermind behind the April ambush attack that led to the killing of 12 policemen in the Niger Delta and sparked fears of renewed militant activity. The suspect has been identified as Jackson Fabouwei a.k.a. Jasper Junior, according to Vanguard News. Faroqu Yahaya, chief of staff of the Niger Delta Joint Task Force, said he was arrested on Thursday “through sound intelligence gathering efforts” and will be handed over to police for further investigation and prosecution. Fabouwei is said to be behind the April 5 attack where a police boat ...

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Presidential aide warns of “dire consequences” in Niger Delta if Jonathan is not re-elected in 2015

Recent startling comments attributed to the chairman of the amnesty programme in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta, Kingsley Kuku, has not only raised eyebrows, but also questions about how long the tentative peace/ceasefire in the Niger Delta following the 2009 amnesty deal will last. The Premium Times reported that Mr. Kuku, in a meeting with U.S. officials in Washington on Thursday said “It is only a Jonathan presidency that can guarantee continued peace and energy security in the Niger Delta.” The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta warned of “dire consequences” if President Goodluck Jonathan does not get a second ...

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Northern youths dismiss MEND threats as “callous and counter-productive”

Northern youths have dismissed Sunday’s threats by southern militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, to launch a religious war as “unfortunate, callous and counter-productive.” In a statement, the national president of the Arewa Youths Forum, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Gujungu, accused MEND of “putting spanners in teh works for unpatriotic, selfish economic benefits.” MEND sparked fears of a religious war in Nigeria after they declared in a statement that they will assassinate Islamic cleric and destroy Islamic institutions starting on May 31. They claimed the mission, codenamed Operation Barborosa, is in an effort to “save Christianity in Nigeria ...

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MEND threatens religious war on May 31, say only the Church and Henry Okah can stop them

Southern militia group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, is set to embark on a self-assigned mission to “save Christianity in Nigeria from annihilation” by instigating a religious war. According to media reports, the group, based in Nigeria’s Christian-dominated south, is threatening to assassinate Islamic clerics, bomb mosques, hajj camps and Islamic institutions as of May 31. Jomo Gbomo, purported spokesman for MEND, revealed the codename for their destructive plan is “Operation Barborosa”. He said in a statement: “The bombing of mosques, hajj camps, Islamic institutions, large congregations in Islamic events and assassination of clerics that propagate ...

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“Gate of hell let loose” – MEND rejects jail sentence of Henry Okah

Militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has rejected the sentence on its former leader Henry Okah, who was sentenced by the South Guateng High Court in South Africa to 24 years in prison. Okah was found guilty of several charges of terrorism and tied to the Abuja and Warri bombings in 2010. Comrade Azizi, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of the group, said in a statement: “Boko Haram has killed more innocent Nigerians than any other militancy groups in the country and yet their spokesperson was handed a three year sentence, this ...

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Pirates kidnap three off coast of Nigeria

Three crew members have been kidnapped in another pirate attack off the coast of Nigeria, Reuters reported. According to the report, the pirates attacked an oil industry supply vessel on Monday and abducted the captain, chief engineer and second engineer of the Malaysia-flagged Armada Tuah 22. The vessel was 90km off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-rich Brass region when it was attacked. One of the crew members abducted is Indonesian, the report said. ...

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“Significant upsurge” in oil theft could lead to crisis – Shell

A “significant upsurge” in oil theft and pipeline vandalism could lead to a crisis in Nigeria, head of Shell’s Nigerian oil unit said on Sunday, according to the Financial Times. In a statement on Monday reported by the Associated Press, Royal Dutch Shell said its Nigerian subsidiary lost some 150,000 barrels of oil a day after it shut down its Nembe Creek Trunkline for safety reasons after thieves cut into the line. Mutiu Sunmonu said, according to the FT report, that Shell was losing some 60,000 barrels of oil per day due to theft. The theft levels are also worsening. ...

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Five Indian sailors kidnapped in pirate attack off Niger Delta

Armed pirates on Monday attacked an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria, stealing personal belongings and kidnapping five Indian crew members, according to the BBC. The ship, SP Brussels, was attacked some 40 miles off the coast of the Niger Delta region and the attack happened on the same day gunmen in Bayelsa kidnapped six employees of South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., including four foreigners. The ship’s operator, Medallion Marine, said the remaining crew returned the SP Brussels to Lagos after the attack and added that they are working with authorities to secure the safe return of the ...

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