Securing Nigeria’s Maritime Territory

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As strategic as the Gulf of Guinea is to the Nigerian economy, insecurity across the water ways, maritime zone and the nation’s territorial waters remains a great challenge to Nigeria and its survival. Stretching across the coastal lines in the Niger Delta, Lagos in the West, the bedrock of Nigeria’s economy has constantly been under attacks and threats. In many …

Report of the Secretary-General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia

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I. Introduction 1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 33 of Security Council resolution 2316 (2016), in which the Council requested an annual report on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia. 2. The report covers major developments since my previous report of 7 October 2016 (S/2016/843) through 30 September 2017. The …

4 takeaways from the IMB’s latest global piracy report

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A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy. The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing …

Pirates still active off Nigeria

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One hundred and twenty-one incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of the year, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has said in its latest report. The global report notes while piracy incidents were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern …

Horrific Somalia bombing is sign of government’s powerlessness

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Somalia is in such a dire mess that the newly elected government has no chance of stopping al-Shabab, thought to be behind Saturday’s lethal truck bombing in Mogadishu. The timing of Saturday’s attack was, once again, extremely strategic. The blast occurred just two days after the head of the United States Africa Command led a delegation to meet Somalia’s president, …

PH, Malaysia, Indonesia launch trilateral air patrol vs terrorism

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Highlighting the importance of coordination and trust in maintaining peace and security in the region, the Defense Chiefs of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia formally launched the joint Trilateral Air Patrol at RMAF Subang Air Base in Malaysia recently. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Malaysian Defense Minister and launching host YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, and Indonesian Defense …

NEWS OCT 15 2017, 6:23 PM ET Bomb Attack in Mogadishu Kills 276

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A huge truck bomb blast in Somalia’s capital has killed 276 people and wounded roughly 300 more, the country’s information minister said Sunday. It is believed to be the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burned beyond recognition. Officials feared that the toll would continue to climb from …

NIGERIAN NAVY BANS EMBARKED SECURITY TEAMS

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BIMCO and INTERTANKO met with Rear Admiral Osondo, Nigerian Navy’s Head of Standards and Transformation who was directed to brief the Nigerian Chief of Naval Staff on issues related to security in Nigerian waters. In his briefing, the Admiral expanded on the steps taken by the Nigerian Navy to effectively police its waters; they have started to station floating operating …

East Africa: African States Urged to Fight Piracy, Improve Growth of Economies

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THE African states bordering the Atlantic Ocean have been urged to take ownership and responsibilities for the maritime safety and security domain and necessity to develop regional cooperation in fighting piracy and promoting trade. The Comorian expert from Anti-Piracy Unit of the Indian Ocean Commission Mr Hassani Ahalada Soilihi said during the Maritime Security programme (MASE) for the Eastern and …

Somali Forces Shoot and Kill Iranian Sailor in Indian Ocean

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Somali regional officials say the Iranian captain of a fishing boat was killed and another sailor was injured after security forces opened fire during an operation in the Indian Ocean. Officials said the shooting occurred after Puntland Maritime Police Forces spotted two boats suspected to be fishing illegally Friday in Somali waters. Colonel Mohamed Abdi Hashi of Puntland police told …

Gov’t troops rescue 17 more hostages in Marawi

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Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists holed up in Marawi are resisting government security forces tenaciously, but the military is on its way to liberating the city and rescuing the remaining hostages, Malacañang said on Thursday. Troops rescued 17 more hostages, while eight terrorists have surrendered and turned over nine hostages to the military. “We see this as a positive development toward …

India, EU agree to step up cooperation in maritime security in Indian Ocean

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New Delhi [India], October 7 (ANI): The EU and India have agreed to step up cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean and beyond, while coordinating to deal with the global migration including the Rohingya refugee crisis. “We decided to step up cooperation in maritime security in the Indian Ocean and beyond, which I hope will lead to enhanced military cooperation. We welcome …

Apologize to Kachikwu or face renewed Attacks on Pipelines, Adaka Boro Avengers to Maikanti Baru

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The Adaka Boro Avengers have warned that it would launch attacks on Bonny, Nembe and Forcasdos trunk lines if NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru, does not heed to its demands. One of the militant groups in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA) has accused the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru …

CTF 151 LEADS FOCUSED OPERATION (FO) “DYNAMIC KHARIF” IN FURTHER SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION WITH EU NAVFOR

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CMF’s Combined Task Force 151 has led an operation, in close cooperation with EU NAVFOR Somali, to deter, disrupt and deny acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia. With the onset of seasonal weather conditions which are now more suitable for skiffs and small boats, coupled with recent piracy activities in first half of 2017, the threat of piracy …

Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu to train Somali soldiers

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Turkey opened its biggest overseas military base on Saturday in Somalia’s capital, cementing its ties with the volatile but strategic Muslim nation and building a presence in East Africa. More than 10,000 Somali soldiers will be trained by Turkish officers at the base, a senior Turkish official said ahead of a ceremony in Mogadishu attended by Turkish military chief of …

Maritime Security Task Force monitors vessels found to have ‘malignant intent

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The Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) closely monitors and could even board vessels that are found to have ill-intent towards Singapore, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament on Monday (Oct 2). Dr Ng was responding to Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC Vikram Nair, who had asked about Singapore’s ability to deal with terrorists who might use commercial …

Somalia’s al Shabaab militants claim 17 killed in attack on military base

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Somalia’s al Shabaab fighters attacked a military base outside the capital using car bombs and guns, killing 17 soldiers and taking control of the base and a nearby town, the group said, while residents and officials confirmed the incident. “After morning prayer today, two Mujahideen rammed into Barire military base with suicide car bombs. We killed 17 soldiers and took …

Groups seek establishment of Coast Guards to tackle piracy in Bayelsa creeks

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Two civil society groups have advocated a new approach to boosting maritime security in Bayelsa waterways. Worried by the incessant killings of security personnel and civilians on the state’s waterways, the groups, , Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) and the Environmental Right Action (ERA), demanded the establishment of coast guards to police waterways, particularly in areas not adequately policed by security …

Somalia Seeks Easing of Arms Embargo in Effort to Defeat al-Shabab

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The Somali government has repeated its plea for world leaders to lift an international arms embargo, as the aid-dependent Horn of Africa nation continues to struggle with security threats from al-Shabab terrorist group. Delivering his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire praised his country’s political and security development with the help …