Ex-militants hail FG over prompt payment of stipends

Niger Delta: Ex-militants hail FG over prompt payment of stipends Ex-agitators of the Niger Delta region have hailed the Federal Government for the prompt payment of their monthly stipends. Gen. Godstime Ogidigba, the Coordinator of phase three of the Ex-Niger Delta Agitators’ Leadership forum, gave the commendation in a statement in Benin on Sunday. The […]

Nigeria looks for regional navy?

Defence minister wants African Navies to unite against sea criminals Philip Nwosu Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has called for transnational efforts towards fighting maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea. The minister, who spoke at the closing ceremonies for the 2019 edition of Exercise Obangame Express, said maritime illegalities had become transnational and evolved beyond […]

EU eyes awkward migration compromise on Mediterranean mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union was weighing up a compromise over migration policy on Tuesday that would extend its patrols in the Mediterranean but without vessels to save people in the sea after Italy said it would no longer receive them. The discussion among EU diplomats over Operation Sophia – the mandate of which […]

Indonesia's pirate fishing problem

Rampant Illegal Fishing; Gov’t Urged to Step Up Maritime Security Translator: Dewi Elvia Muthiariny Editor: Petir Garda Bhwana TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian fisheries watchdog, Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW), coordinator Abdi Suhufan said that illegal fishing committed by foreign boats are still rampant. “To March 19, 2019, the KKP (Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry) has seized 16 foreign boats illegally […]

Angola launches maritime operation

Over 50 boats and helicopters ready for Operation Transparency The Operation Transparency, which since Monday is being expanded to Angola’s maritime coast to prevent and combat illegal fishing, smuggling and human trafficking, has available over 50 patrol boats and five helicopters equipped with technology for efficient and timely neutralization of any criminal activity happening in […]

Heavy weapons fire rocks Yemen's Hodeidah

Heavy weapons fire rocks Yemen’s Hodeidah as U.N. pushes to clinch troop pullout Mohamed Ghobari ADEN (Reuters) – Yemen’s warring parties exchanged heavy weapons fire overnight in Hodeidah, residents and military sources said, as the United Nations scrambled to salvage a ceasefire deal in the Yemeni port city that is a lifeline for millions at […]

Iranian drug vessel brought to Colombo harbour

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Iranian vessel and the nine Iranians arrested for transporting heroin this morning have been brought to the Colombo harbour. The operation was carried out based on a tip-off received by the STF last night (March 23). The raid was conducted jointly by the STF, Navy and the Police Narcotics Bureau. […]

Support Nigerian Navy To Fight Piracy

Ship Captain Wants Agencies To Support Nigerian Navy To Fight Piracy By Uchenna Eletuo Lagos – Mr Bayo Oyekan, a ship captain, on Monday appealed to stakeholders to support the Nigerian Navy to check the incidence of piracy on the nation’s waters. Oyekan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the lukewarm […]

3 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu

3 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu encounter — AFP By: Frances Mangosing MANILA, Philippines — Three members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were believed to be killed in an encounter with the Philippine Marines in Sulu, the military said Monday. Troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 clashed with undetermined number of bandits under sub-leader Najir […]

Maritime crimes: 80 vessels arrested in 3 years – Naval Chief

PHILIP NWOSU The Nigerian Navy said it arrested over 80 vessels within the last three years for various maritime offences including oil theft. The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the multi-national annual maritime exercise code-named OBANGAME EXPRESS 2019, saying that the vessels were arrested for […]