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Navy destroys 15 militant camps,others in Akwa Ibom.

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The commander reminded the people that perpetrators of illegal maritime activities, live within the communities and were known to the people.

The Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee, said it destroyed 15 militant camps and arrested 17 suspected pirates and sea robbers within its area of jurisdiction in Akwa Ibom.

Commodore Abdulmajid Ibrahim, Commander, NNS Jubilee, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday at the Jubilee Base in Ikot Abasi.

Ibrahim said the militant camps were discovered and destroyed and the suspects arrested during the anti-piracy and anti-sea robbery routine operations from May 2020 to January.

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The commander said the destruction of the camps was made possible through the navy’s penetration of some of the creeks within the jurisdiction of the base.

According to him, during the period, the navy also seized 285, 000 litres of illegally refined AGO and different kinds of ammunition from the suspects.

“Within six months as commander of the base, we have destroyed 15 militant camps, arrested 17 suspects during our operations and recovered 285,000 litres of AGO and ammunition from them, and have handed over the suspects and items to the prosecuting agencies.

“We were involved in a joint patrol with the police across the base communities every day. This has led to relative peace and security in the area and brought illegal bunkering to the barest minimum.

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“Our strategy is continuous aggressive patrol. We try to dominate the water space and maritime environment. Within the last six months, there has been no attack on the NNS infrastructure.

“We have maintained a good civil-military relationship with our host community, through our Corporate Social Responsibility.

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“We carry out free medical consultations and give out drugs within our capacity in our medical rhapsody outreach programme,” Ibrahim said.

He said that the joint patrol operations of the navy and police had resulted in relative peace and security in the area and brought illegal bunkering and trade on the waterways to the barest minimum.

Ibrahim attributed the success of their operations to intelligence information gathered from members of the public, calling for more support in that regard.

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He assured that the sources of such information would remain confidential and protected, stressing that to effectively deal with piracy and sea robbery, members of the public must volunteer credible information to the navy.

The commander reminded the people that perpetrators of illegal maritime activities, live within the communities and were known to the people.

He urged the people to volunteer information on nefarious activities, adding that such would help the navy and other security agencies to tackle crime.

On infrastructure development in the base, the commander said that in January this year, the Chief of Naval Staff inaugurated 1×36 rooms rating arrival hall constructed by the Naval Headquarters for NNS Jubilee in Ikot Abasi.

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He added that 4× 2 bedroom flat and 10×1 bedroom flat are currently under construction in the base to ease accommodation problems for the personnel.

The commander said that in line with the directives of the Chief of Naval Staff, NNS Jubilee would continue to patrol Nigeria coastal areas to rid the waterways of piracy and criminalities.

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Just in: Naval officer under influence of alcohol killed woman in Bayelsa


A trigger happy and yet to be identified naval personnel has shot and killed a woman known as Precious OKwuadigbo in Baybridge area of Bayelsa State.

The deceased, a petty business owner, was killed by a stray bullet from the drunk personnel during an altercation with another personnel an eyewitness said.


Meanwhile the Nigerian Association Of Women Journalists in the state has condemned the gruesome murder of OKwuadigbo in the early hours of Saturday.

The group said, “It’s disheartening that OKwuadigbo at 35 was killed by security operatives who ought to protect her as a Nigerian.


“The pain and sorrow caused by the death of Mrs OKwuadigbo cannot be quantified as she left behind two children who still require the nurturing and love of a mother.

“Despite the fact that the incident had been reported to the police, no arrest had been made.

OKwuadigbo’s death should not be swept away.

“We are therefore calling on the police to as a matter of urgency swing into action by arresting the officers involved, carry out thorough investigation and ensure that the culprits are brought to book.”


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Naval officers arrested 3 suspected robbers ..


The Nigerian Navy has arrested three sea robbers suspected to have links with the pirates that killed four naval ratings in Ondo State.

The suspects including Odun Ogunse, Adeojo Sunday and Edema ThankGod were arrested during the week by the team of naval officers in Igbokoda area of the state.

Their arrest comes barely a day after the navy declared 33 sea pirates wanted for the abduction of three foreign sailors (two Russians and one Indian) in the Niger Delta.


Recall the tragic incident that occurred penultimate weekend when some navy personnel were killed in a gunfight at Gagira, a suburb in the Awoye coastal community in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base in Igbokoda, Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa, disclosed the arrest of the suspects to SaharaReporters in a chat on Friday.


Ndanusa said the suspects were arrested in the creeks of the Niger Delta after extensive intelligence and surveillance.

He identified the earlier arrest of another suspect Bamitale Iwatan, who is wanted for the kidnap of three foreign nationals.


According to him, Iwatan alongside his gang members also stole a cache of ammunition belonging to the naval ratings during the rescue mission.

Ndanusa added that the wanted criminal was an ex-militant who claimed to have repented during the amnesty programme of government but still engaged in criminal activities.

He said, “We have issued out the names of those we arrested and handed them over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

“We are still looking for about 33 other suspects who have been perpetrating all sorts of crimes in the creeks across the region.”


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Naval personnel invade community, chase residents


Residents of the Tarkwa bay area of Victoria Island, Lagos State, were on Tuesday thrown into confusion when some naval personnel allegedly invaded the community and sacked the residents from their homes.

An eyewitness, who spoke with media on condition of anonymity, said the naval personnel, who had been on surveillance of petroleum product pipeline in the area, accused members of the community of vandalising the pipeline in a bid to steal fuel.


He stated that the naval personnel used that as an excuse to cover up their alleged collaboration with vandals in puncturing the pipeline to steal fuel, adding that in a bid to cover up their action, the personnel invaded the community and shot indiscriminately and sacked residents from their homes.

Footage recorded by one of the victims showed the residents moving their belongings to the community’s football field.

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, said he needed to make some findings and get back to our correspondent.

He had yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.


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4 Nigerian Navy killed in pirate fight.


A gunfight between sea pirates and some Nigerian Navy personnel on Thursday January 2, allegedly left 4 of the security operatives who were part of a six-man Naval rescue squad dead.

A top Naval source who spoke to Premium Times, said four Naval ratings were allegedly killed in the attack which occurred within the jurisdiction of NNS Delta, an operations base in Warri which is one of the seven units under the jurisdiction of the Central Naval Command.

The Nigerian Navy personnel were reportedly sent in to counter an attack launched by the sea pirates on one of Nigeria’s dredgers, MV AMBIKA, a Sterling Oil dredger close to Ramos River entrance.


The source said;

“The suspected sea robbers had boarded the vessel and abducted three crew members (two Russians and one Indian), leaving behind five other crew members before the team arrived”

Some of the Nigerian Navy personnel who allegedly died in the gunfight that ensued after they arrived the scene of the attack were said to be on the ranks of Petty Officer, Able Seaman, Seaman and an Ordinary Seaman.

Though two other Nigerian Navy personnel escaped unhurt, a vessel was allegedly stolen by the sea pirates.

Corpses of the late security operatives have reportedly been moved to the navy hospital in Warri, while efforts to rescue the three foreigners has been intensified


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Saudi Arabia’s king, salman rage at Pensacola barbaric gun attack.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman condemned a gun attack at a US naval base by a Saudi student as “barbaric”, President Donald Trump said.

He tweeted that the monarch had called him to offer “sincere condolences”.

The gunman, an aviation student, killed three people and injured at least eight at the base in Pensacola, Florida, before being shot dead.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the Saudi government was “going to owe a debt” to the victims.

The attacker has been named by US media as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. He used a handgun during the shooting.

The FBI are yet to declare a motive but are believed to be investigating for links to terrorism.

“There are many reports circulating, but the FBI deals only in facts,” special agent Rachel Rojas told a news conference on Friday night.

Saudi Arabia is a key US ally in the Middle East and the two countries have longstanding military exchange programmes. The shooting has already prompted questions about the vetting of foreign military personnel sent to the US for training.

It is the second shooting to take place at a US military base this week.

A US sailor shot dead two workers at the Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii on Wednesday.

What has Saudi Arabia said?
“King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack,” President Trump tweeted.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”

In a separate statement, the Saudi foreign ministry called the attack “horrific” and said it would provide “full support” to the investigation.

President Trump has maintained close relations with Saudi leaders despite the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote a column for the Washington Post newspaper, in the country’s consulate in Turkey in October 2018.

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Saudi officials have said Khashoggi, a high-profile critic of the government in Riyadh, was killed in a “rogue operation” by a team of agents. But many critics believe otherwise and a UN expert concluded that the death was an “extrajudicial execution”.

How did the attack in Pensacola unfold?
Authorities were alerted to the shooting in a classroom at the base on the waterfront south-west of Pensacola at 06:51 local time (12:51 GMT) on Friday.

The Pensacola base was in lockdown after the attack
The assault ended when a sheriff’s deputy shot dead the attacker. Two officers were shot in the limbs but are expected to recover.

“Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

According to its website, Naval Air Station Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel.

Who was the attacker?
Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force in training at the site, US officials say. There are reports that he posted an online manifesto before the attack but this is yet to be confirmed.

Several Saudi nationals were detained near the scene of the shooting, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed sources.

According to the US Navy, there had in recent weeks been 18 Saudi naval aviators and two aircrew members training at Pensacola.

An investigation was taking place and names of victims would not be released until next of kin had been notified, it said in a statement.

What has the reaction been?
“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi air force and then to be here training on our soil,” said Gov DeSantis.

“Obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims and I think they’re going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals,” he added.

Media captionFlorida governor: ‘The Saudi government will owe a debt here’
Senator Rick Scott, the ex-governor of Florida, called for a review of training programmes for foreign military personnel on US soil.

“We shouldn’t be providing military training to people who wish us harm,” he said.

The US defence secretary, Mark Esper, said he wanted to make sure that vetting was adequate.

“I want to make sure that we’re doing our due diligence to understand: What are our procedures? Is it sufficient?” he told reporters.

Meanwhile Saudi officials have continued to condemn the attack, including vice-minister of defence, Khalid bin Salman, who said he trained at a US base like many others in the Saudi military.

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Timothy Kinsella, the base commanding officer, earlier said he was “absolutely in awe” of the response to the attack.

“There was some real heroism today,” he said. “I’m devastated. We are in shock. This is surreal, but I couldn’t be prouder to wear the uniform that I wear because of my brothers and sisters in uniform, civilian or otherwise, that did what they did today to save lives.”

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Kogi governor, Bello Inaugurate Naval based in the state for security.

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Friday inaugurated the Nigeria Navy Ship Lugard and Navy Barracks in Banda.

The base was established to ensure adequate security of the waterways in the Confluence state and its neighbours.

Bello inaugurated the newly constructed brick model 96 Housing Units, 1.83km road and other facilities in the new Naval base.

The governor pledged more support for the security agencies to ensure the safety of lives and property of the residents of the state.

He said the Naval base was key to his administration’s commitment to security and safety of Kogi people.

He thanked the Navy for their doggedness and synergy with other security agencies which he noted had improved security in the state.

Bello congratulated the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and other senior officers of the Navy for bringing the project to reality.

“We look forward to other developments like primary and secondary schools, hospitals, ultra-modern markets that would take place in the nearest future,” he said.

While pledging his continued support to the Navy and other security agencies, Bello enjoined them to double their efforts in combating crimes and criminality in the state.

Earlier, Ibas said the event was significant to the Navy in adequately discharging its roles at the base, adding that it would assist in deploying its resources and manpower.

He stressed that the Navy Barracks in Banda would house both operational and administrative activities including barracks, schools, hospitals, residence for Naval staffs and civilians.

He commended the governor for his continued support for the Navy and his commitment in ensuring the security and safety of lives and property in the State.

The Naval boss said that the dredging on rivers Niger and Benue prompted the establishment of the Naval base to ensure adequate security of the waterways.

Other dignitaries at the occasion were representatives from Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Defence, Senate Committee Chairman on Navy, top Naval officers, among others.

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Kogi – Navy inaugurates 95-units estate.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, on Friday, inaugurated the Nigerian Navy Ship (base), NNS Lugard and a 95-unit housing estate for its ratings and officers, at Banda, Kogi State.

The barrack comprises of 15 units officers’ quarters, made up of 10 units three bedroom flats and five units two-bedroom apartments and 80 units ratings’ quarters, 60 of which are single self-contain and 20 single bedrooms.

Banda is less than 20 kilometres away from Lokoja, the state capital.

The base, which serves as the administrative headquarters of the NNS Lugard and the naval barracks, which is located adjacent the base, was official commissioned by the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The CNS while expressing the commitment of the Nigerian Navy in the discharge of its constitutional role, called for the support of Nigerians in achieving the goal.

Established in 2010, the NNS Lugard has two outposts; in Idah and Onitsha.

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