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  •  The Nigerian Navy on Friday handed over 627 bags of smuggled parboiled rice 57 parcels of Indian hemp and one suspect to the Nigerian Customs Service and the NDLEA Commanding Officer Forward Operating Base FOB Badagry of the navy Capt James Otache said the handover was the outcome of aggressive patrols by the Navy to checkmate economic saboteurs and drug traffickers He said the Navy handed over 351 bags of smuggled rice and 41 parcels of Indian hemp to the appropriate authorities in August The Nigerian Navy is always ready to thwart any illegality through persistent and aggressive patrol to enforce national laws to engender economic growth and national prosperity Our men will continue to monitor the waterways creeks and Badagry Coastline to keep these unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals at bay These arrests will send a strong signal to the local criminal syndicates and their international collaborators that Nigeria is not a dumping ground for illegal goods he stressed I thank the Chief of Naval Staff for giving us the needed support to discharge our responsibility to the nation and I commend the officers and men of the unit for their resilience and doggedness Otache said In his remarks the Chief Superintendent Narcotics at the NDLEA Mr Abdul Maiyaki said that the agency would leave no stone unturned in tracking down drug cartels The synergy between sister agencies is very cordial and robust I thank the Commanding Officer of FOB Badagry for his wonderful support and also the Nigerian Customs Service for their great efforts too Maiyami said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy hands over 627 bags of smuggled rice, Indian hemp to Customs, NDLEA
     The Nigerian Navy on Friday handed over 627 bags of smuggled parboiled rice 57 parcels of Indian hemp and one suspect to the Nigerian Customs Service and the NDLEA Commanding Officer Forward Operating Base FOB Badagry of the navy Capt James Otache said the handover was the outcome of aggressive patrols by the Navy to checkmate economic saboteurs and drug traffickers He said the Navy handed over 351 bags of smuggled rice and 41 parcels of Indian hemp to the appropriate authorities in August The Nigerian Navy is always ready to thwart any illegality through persistent and aggressive patrol to enforce national laws to engender economic growth and national prosperity Our men will continue to monitor the waterways creeks and Badagry Coastline to keep these unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals at bay These arrests will send a strong signal to the local criminal syndicates and their international collaborators that Nigeria is not a dumping ground for illegal goods he stressed I thank the Chief of Naval Staff for giving us the needed support to discharge our responsibility to the nation and I commend the officers and men of the unit for their resilience and doggedness Otache said In his remarks the Chief Superintendent Narcotics at the NDLEA Mr Abdul Maiyaki said that the agency would leave no stone unturned in tracking down drug cartels The synergy between sister agencies is very cordial and robust I thank the Commanding Officer of FOB Badagry for his wonderful support and also the Nigerian Customs Service for their great efforts too Maiyami said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy hands over 627 bags of smuggled rice, Indian hemp to Customs, NDLEA
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Navy hands over 627 bags of smuggled rice, Indian hemp to Customs, NDLEA

    The Nigerian Navy on Friday handed over 627 bags of smuggled parboiled rice, 57 parcels of Indian hemp and one suspect to the Nigerian Customs Service and the NDLEA.

    Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Badagry of the navy, Capt. James Otache, said the handover was the outcome of aggressive patrols by the Navy to checkmate economic saboteurs and drug traffickers.

    He said the Navy handed over 351 bags of smuggled rice and 41 parcels of Indian hemp to the appropriate authorities in August.

    “The Nigerian Navy is always ready to thwart any illegality through persistent and aggressive patrol to enforce national laws to engender economic growth and national prosperity.

    “Our men will continue to monitor the waterways, creeks and Badagry Coastline to keep these unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals at bay.

    “These arrests will send a strong signal to the local criminal syndicates and their international collaborators that Nigeria is not a dumping ground for illegal goods,’’ he stressed.

    “I thank the Chief of Naval Staff for giving us the needed support to discharge our responsibility to the nation and I commend the officers and men of the unit for their resilience and doggedness,’’ Otache said.

    In his remarks, the Chief Superintendent, Narcotics at the NDLEA, Mr Abdul Maiyaki said that the agency would leave no stone unturned in tracking down drug cartels.

    “The synergy between sister agencies is very cordial and robust.

    I thank the Commanding Officer of FOB Badagry for his wonderful support and also, the Nigerian Customs Service for their great efforts too,’’ Maiyami said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Navy Forward Operation Base FOB at Ibaka in Akwa Ibom has nabbed three suspects with 4 750 litres of products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit PMS Lt Cdr Daniel Onyemaeze the Base Operating Officer said on Thursday in Ibaka that the suspects were arrested on Monday on Effiat waterways in the state Onyenaeze who handed over the suspects to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence and Corps NSCDC said the the navy also impounded the wooden boat used to transport the PMS This morning the FOB Ibaka is handing over 19 drums of product suspected to be PMS to NSCDC They were intercepted by our personnel in FOB Ibaka during our routine patrol of the waterways in inline with the mandate of Chief of Naval Staff to curtail illegal activities and criminal activities in the waterways he said Onyemaeze warned against illegal oil bunkering and other criminal activities saying that the navy would track arrest and ensure the prosecution of those involved Candidi Odo a Corps Superintendent who received the suspects and exhibits on behalf of the NSCDC commended the navy for its successes in reducing illegal activities on Nigeria s maritime waters We express our gratitude to the Nigerian Navy FOB Ibaka for the cooperation that has existed between the Navy and NSCDC I urge you to continue with the good work We promise that we will never fail in carrying out further investigations and prosecution of the suspects Odo said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy nabs 3 suspects with 4,750 litres of PMS in A’Ibom
     The Nigerian Navy Forward Operation Base FOB at Ibaka in Akwa Ibom has nabbed three suspects with 4 750 litres of products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit PMS Lt Cdr Daniel Onyemaeze the Base Operating Officer said on Thursday in Ibaka that the suspects were arrested on Monday on Effiat waterways in the state Onyenaeze who handed over the suspects to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence and Corps NSCDC said the the navy also impounded the wooden boat used to transport the PMS This morning the FOB Ibaka is handing over 19 drums of product suspected to be PMS to NSCDC They were intercepted by our personnel in FOB Ibaka during our routine patrol of the waterways in inline with the mandate of Chief of Naval Staff to curtail illegal activities and criminal activities in the waterways he said Onyemaeze warned against illegal oil bunkering and other criminal activities saying that the navy would track arrest and ensure the prosecution of those involved Candidi Odo a Corps Superintendent who received the suspects and exhibits on behalf of the NSCDC commended the navy for its successes in reducing illegal activities on Nigeria s maritime waters We express our gratitude to the Nigerian Navy FOB Ibaka for the cooperation that has existed between the Navy and NSCDC I urge you to continue with the good work We promise that we will never fail in carrying out further investigations and prosecution of the suspects Odo said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy nabs 3 suspects with 4,750 litres of PMS in A’Ibom
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Navy nabs 3 suspects with 4,750 litres of PMS in A’Ibom

    The Nigerian Navy Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Ibaka in Akwa Ibom, has nabbed three suspects with 4,750 litres of products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

    Lt.-Cdr. Daniel Onyemaeze, the Base Operating Officer said on Thursday in Ibaka that the suspects were arrested on Monday on Effiat waterways in the state.

    Onyenaeze who handed over the suspects to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence and Corps (NSCDC), said the the navy also impounded the wooden boat used to transport the PMS.

    “This morning the FOB Ibaka is handing over 19 drums of product suspected to be PMS to NSCDC.

    “They were intercepted by our personnel in FOB Ibaka during our routine patrol of the waterways, in inline with the mandate of Chief of Naval Staff to curtail illegal activities and criminal activities in the waterways,” he said.

    Onyemaeze warned against illegal oil bunkering and other criminal activities, saying that the navy would track, arrest and ensure the prosecution of those involved.

    Candidi Odo, a Corps Superintendent, who received the suspects and exhibits on behalf of the NSCDC, commended the navy for its successes in reducing illegal activities on Nigeria’s maritime waters.

    “We express our gratitude to the Nigerian Navy, FOB Ibaka for the cooperation that has existed between the Navy and NSCDC; I urge you to continue with the good work.

    “We promise that we will never fail in carrying out further investigations and prosecution of the suspects,” Odo said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A member of the House of Representatives Yusuf Gagdi has called for the establishment of two military Forward Operation Bases FBOs in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau Gagdi made the request when he visited Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali the Commander Operation Safe Haven OPSH in Jos The lawmaker who visited the Commander on Friday disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos According to him the request followed the upsurge in banditry kidnapping and other forms of security breaches in some communities in the local government area Gagdi who represents federal constituency said that the FOBs would help to contain the activities of marauders operating in the hinterland of Kanam communities He added that it would also secure the communities particularly the huge farming population toiling to cultivate their farms During the visit I made a strong case for the establishment of two military Forward Operation Bases in Kanam in order to facilitate rapid response to security needs of the area I made a passionate appeal to the OPSH Commander who doubles as the General Officer Commanding GOC 3 Division of the Nigerian Army Rukuba near Jos to urgently consider the establishment of the FBOs in Kanam This is in view of the recent notorious activities of terrorists on community my own village three days ago and another recent one at Garga community he said Responding Ali promised to give the lawmaker s request urgent attention adding that OPSH under his command had recorded tremendous achievement in securing its operational areas The Commander promised to deploy maximum manpower to curb the surge in banditry not only in Kanam but throughout its operational areas which consist of Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states He commended Gagdi for his proactive and modest contributions to national security as Chairman of one of the Armed Forces Committees of the National Assembly The lawmaker also visited Mr Bartholomew Onyeka the Commissioner of Police in Plateau to seek police intervention in curbing the security threat in Kanam and environs The lawmaker was accompanied by the Executive Chairman of Kanam LGA Dayyabu Garga Prof Salleh Kanam and other stakeholders from the area The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that bandits invaded communities in Garga area of Kanam in April killing many people and burning down houses NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rep calls for establishment of 2 military bases in Kanam
     A member of the House of Representatives Yusuf Gagdi has called for the establishment of two military Forward Operation Bases FBOs in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau Gagdi made the request when he visited Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali the Commander Operation Safe Haven OPSH in Jos The lawmaker who visited the Commander on Friday disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos According to him the request followed the upsurge in banditry kidnapping and other forms of security breaches in some communities in the local government area Gagdi who represents federal constituency said that the FOBs would help to contain the activities of marauders operating in the hinterland of Kanam communities He added that it would also secure the communities particularly the huge farming population toiling to cultivate their farms During the visit I made a strong case for the establishment of two military Forward Operation Bases in Kanam in order to facilitate rapid response to security needs of the area I made a passionate appeal to the OPSH Commander who doubles as the General Officer Commanding GOC 3 Division of the Nigerian Army Rukuba near Jos to urgently consider the establishment of the FBOs in Kanam This is in view of the recent notorious activities of terrorists on community my own village three days ago and another recent one at Garga community he said Responding Ali promised to give the lawmaker s request urgent attention adding that OPSH under his command had recorded tremendous achievement in securing its operational areas The Commander promised to deploy maximum manpower to curb the surge in banditry not only in Kanam but throughout its operational areas which consist of Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states He commended Gagdi for his proactive and modest contributions to national security as Chairman of one of the Armed Forces Committees of the National Assembly The lawmaker also visited Mr Bartholomew Onyeka the Commissioner of Police in Plateau to seek police intervention in curbing the security threat in Kanam and environs The lawmaker was accompanied by the Executive Chairman of Kanam LGA Dayyabu Garga Prof Salleh Kanam and other stakeholders from the area The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that bandits invaded communities in Garga area of Kanam in April killing many people and burning down houses NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rep calls for establishment of 2 military bases in Kanam
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    Rep calls for establishment of 2 military bases in Kanam

    A member of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Gagdi, has called for the establishment of two military Forward Operation Bases (FBOs) in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau.

    Gagdi made the request when he visited Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali,  the Commander Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Jos.The lawmaker, who visited the Commander on Friday, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos.According to him, the request followed the upsurge in banditry,  kidnapping and other forms of security breaches in some communities in the local government area.

    Gagdi, who represents federal constituency, said that the FOBs would help to contain the activities of marauders operating in the hinterland of Kanam communities.

    He added that it would also secure the communities,  particularly the huge farming population toiling to cultivate their farms.

    ”During the visit, I made a strong case for the establishment of two military Forward Operation Bases in Kanam in order to facilitate rapid response to security needs of the area.

    ”I made a passionate appeal to the OPSH Commander, who doubles as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos, to urgently consider the establishment of the FBOs in Kanam.

    ”This is in view of the recent notorious activities of terrorists on community, my own village, three days ago and another recent one at Garga community,” he said.

    Responding, Ali, promised to  give the lawmaker’s request urgent attention, adding that OPSH under his command had recorded tremendous achievement in securing its operational areas.

    The Commander promised to deploy maximum manpower to curb the surge in banditry, not only in Kanam, but throughout its operational areas, which consist of Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states.

    He commended Gagdi for his proactive and modest contributions to national security, as Chairman of one of the Armed Forces Committees of the National Assembly.

    The lawmaker also visited Mr Bartholomew Onyeka,  the Commissioner of Police in Plateau to seek police intervention in curbing the security threat in Kanam and environs.

    The lawmaker was accompanied by the Executive Chairman of Kanam LGA, Dayyabu Garga, Prof. Salleh Kanam and other stakeholders from the area.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that bandits invaded communities in Garga area of Kanam in April killing many people and burning down houses.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says that his government since taking office in 2017 has fulfilled its promise to reorganize and re equip the Ghana Armed Forces thus helping the Force fulfill its mandate to protect the territorial integrity of the nation According to President Akufo Addo in view of contemporary emerging and future threats in West Africa addressing security issues cannot be business as usual The Government has approved therefore the expansion of the Armed Forces to deal with these threats Strategic expansion and modernization of the Armed Forces in line with threat analysis and acquisition of necessary equipment logistics infrastructure development and manpower augmentation are vigorously pursued he said Speaking at the Military Academy graduation parade for the 61st Regular Career Course on Friday August 12 2022 President Akufo Addo indicated that the government is rebuilding and upgrading the Ghana Military Academy to bring it up to par with other renowned Military Academies around the world He noted that the first phase of construction work on the Military Academy is almost complete with the renovated Cadet Officers Dining Room the Academy s Plaza de Armas the three hundred and twenty seat two story classroom block and the magnificent administration block also completed In fact the three story two hundred and forty six 246 room lodge for officer cadets the two bedroom sixteen apartment officer s quarters for platoon commanders the two bedroom four apartment middle complex for senior NCO instructors and perimeter fence wall are nearly complete with fixture installation painting outside work landscaping and water and power connection expected to be completed by the end of this month Regarding the expansion of the workforce President Akufo Addo indicated that the Armed Forces have recruited and trained about three thousand 3 000 soldiers between 2017 and 2020 Since 2021 it has embarked on a recruitment and training accelerated throughout the country to produce a minimum of four thousand 4 000 officers and soldiers annually until 2024 in order to bring the strength of our Armed Forces to optimal levels Thus a minimum of two thousand 2 000 recruits are trained in the recruit training schools of the three 3 Services every six months while the number of enlisted officer cadets in recent times has increased exponentially since 2020 said the President He continued In addition to the construction of the eight hundred and thirty two 832 housing units for the Armed Forces begun under the Phase One Military Housing Project in July 2019 which are currently at various levels of completion I cut the lawn a few months ago for the Phase 2 Military Housing Project which will add an additional three hundred and twenty 320 units to the Phase 1 housing units President Akufo Addo noted that massive infrastructure is being developed in the vicinity of the Burma Camp Military Cemetery to provide warehouses offices and barracks accommodation for the base artillery depot artillery school Central Band of the Forces armed forces and the music school of the armed forces In order to improve the operational capacity combat efficiency and logistical capacity of the Armed Forces the president pointed out that measures have been implemented to promote restructuring and re equipment To this end additional bases specialized units and brigades have been created with the acquisition of the necessary equipment to improve operations particularly on our northern borders As you know this expansion has already seen the creation and establishment of the Army Special Operations Brigade Armored Brigade Signals Brigade and two 2 Mechanized Battalions which are deployed in the Upper West and Upper This one the president said he said he He noted that the construction and equipping of fifteen 15 Forward Operating Bases FOBs on our northern borders for the Armed Forces for the Northern Border Project is on track These FOBs include FOB Dollar Power FOB Hamile FOB Tumu FOB Navrongo FOBBawku FOB Nalerigu FOB Bunkpurugu FOB Saboba FOB Bimbilla FOB Damongo FOB Bole FOB Jirapa Wa Forward Logistics Base Forward Logistics Base in Bolgatanga and Main Logistics Base in Tamale In addition to this President Akufo Addo indicated that various combat vehicles equipment and weapons comprising about one hundred and sixty three 163 armored personnel carriers and other combat vehicles trucks and general vehicles equipment surveillance and communication including optical and critical mass night vision equipment as well as weapons ammunition and bulletproof vests have been procured to improve intelligence acquisition provide better protection improve mobility and firepower for troops in internal security operations including those deployed on our northern borders as well as international peace support operations To the navy President Akufo Addo noted that the government has purchased offshore patrol boats and fast patrol boats to improve operations against piracy and other maritime threats and protect the country s Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ Towards enhancing the Navy s capability I recently ordered four 4 fast patrol boats named VOLTA PRA ANKOBRA and DENSU to protect our maritime resources especially our floating production storage and offloading FPSO facilities in high seas he said additional Along the same lines President Akufo Addo pointed out that there are plans in sight to acquire for the Air Force six 6 L 39 ground combat aircraft two 2 additional ground power units assorted aircraft that they comprise House C2A5 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Mi 71SH Military Air Transport Helicopters VIP Transport Helicopters H 225 and four 4 H 125 Light Reconnaissance Attack helicopters to support Special Forces operations Reiterating the Government s commitment to improve the Armed Forces health and medical service delivery capacity he indicated that Military Hospital 37 which also functions as the National Disaster Management Hospital has been prioritized for massive remodeling before of the beginning of the next phase of the expansion project of the 37th Military Hospital Similarly the 500 bed military hospital in Afari in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti region is set to open in December this year Expansion and upgrading of medical reception stations in all Garrisons to District Hospital status are also ongoing I would also like to add that adequate arrangements have been made for other sister security services including the Ghana Police Service the Ghana Prison Service the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service receive new health care equipment for their operations without problems added the president
    “The government is keeping its promise to equip the armed forces” – President Akufo-Addo
      The President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says that his government since taking office in 2017 has fulfilled its promise to reorganize and re equip the Ghana Armed Forces thus helping the Force fulfill its mandate to protect the territorial integrity of the nation According to President Akufo Addo in view of contemporary emerging and future threats in West Africa addressing security issues cannot be business as usual The Government has approved therefore the expansion of the Armed Forces to deal with these threats Strategic expansion and modernization of the Armed Forces in line with threat analysis and acquisition of necessary equipment logistics infrastructure development and manpower augmentation are vigorously pursued he said Speaking at the Military Academy graduation parade for the 61st Regular Career Course on Friday August 12 2022 President Akufo Addo indicated that the government is rebuilding and upgrading the Ghana Military Academy to bring it up to par with other renowned Military Academies around the world He noted that the first phase of construction work on the Military Academy is almost complete with the renovated Cadet Officers Dining Room the Academy s Plaza de Armas the three hundred and twenty seat two story classroom block and the magnificent administration block also completed In fact the three story two hundred and forty six 246 room lodge for officer cadets the two bedroom sixteen apartment officer s quarters for platoon commanders the two bedroom four apartment middle complex for senior NCO instructors and perimeter fence wall are nearly complete with fixture installation painting outside work landscaping and water and power connection expected to be completed by the end of this month Regarding the expansion of the workforce President Akufo Addo indicated that the Armed Forces have recruited and trained about three thousand 3 000 soldiers between 2017 and 2020 Since 2021 it has embarked on a recruitment and training accelerated throughout the country to produce a minimum of four thousand 4 000 officers and soldiers annually until 2024 in order to bring the strength of our Armed Forces to optimal levels Thus a minimum of two thousand 2 000 recruits are trained in the recruit training schools of the three 3 Services every six months while the number of enlisted officer cadets in recent times has increased exponentially since 2020 said the President He continued In addition to the construction of the eight hundred and thirty two 832 housing units for the Armed Forces begun under the Phase One Military Housing Project in July 2019 which are currently at various levels of completion I cut the lawn a few months ago for the Phase 2 Military Housing Project which will add an additional three hundred and twenty 320 units to the Phase 1 housing units President Akufo Addo noted that massive infrastructure is being developed in the vicinity of the Burma Camp Military Cemetery to provide warehouses offices and barracks accommodation for the base artillery depot artillery school Central Band of the Forces armed forces and the music school of the armed forces In order to improve the operational capacity combat efficiency and logistical capacity of the Armed Forces the president pointed out that measures have been implemented to promote restructuring and re equipment To this end additional bases specialized units and brigades have been created with the acquisition of the necessary equipment to improve operations particularly on our northern borders As you know this expansion has already seen the creation and establishment of the Army Special Operations Brigade Armored Brigade Signals Brigade and two 2 Mechanized Battalions which are deployed in the Upper West and Upper This one the president said he said he He noted that the construction and equipping of fifteen 15 Forward Operating Bases FOBs on our northern borders for the Armed Forces for the Northern Border Project is on track These FOBs include FOB Dollar Power FOB Hamile FOB Tumu FOB Navrongo FOBBawku FOB Nalerigu FOB Bunkpurugu FOB Saboba FOB Bimbilla FOB Damongo FOB Bole FOB Jirapa Wa Forward Logistics Base Forward Logistics Base in Bolgatanga and Main Logistics Base in Tamale In addition to this President Akufo Addo indicated that various combat vehicles equipment and weapons comprising about one hundred and sixty three 163 armored personnel carriers and other combat vehicles trucks and general vehicles equipment surveillance and communication including optical and critical mass night vision equipment as well as weapons ammunition and bulletproof vests have been procured to improve intelligence acquisition provide better protection improve mobility and firepower for troops in internal security operations including those deployed on our northern borders as well as international peace support operations To the navy President Akufo Addo noted that the government has purchased offshore patrol boats and fast patrol boats to improve operations against piracy and other maritime threats and protect the country s Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ Towards enhancing the Navy s capability I recently ordered four 4 fast patrol boats named VOLTA PRA ANKOBRA and DENSU to protect our maritime resources especially our floating production storage and offloading FPSO facilities in high seas he said additional Along the same lines President Akufo Addo pointed out that there are plans in sight to acquire for the Air Force six 6 L 39 ground combat aircraft two 2 additional ground power units assorted aircraft that they comprise House C2A5 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Mi 71SH Military Air Transport Helicopters VIP Transport Helicopters H 225 and four 4 H 125 Light Reconnaissance Attack helicopters to support Special Forces operations Reiterating the Government s commitment to improve the Armed Forces health and medical service delivery capacity he indicated that Military Hospital 37 which also functions as the National Disaster Management Hospital has been prioritized for massive remodeling before of the beginning of the next phase of the expansion project of the 37th Military Hospital Similarly the 500 bed military hospital in Afari in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti region is set to open in December this year Expansion and upgrading of medical reception stations in all Garrisons to District Hospital status are also ongoing I would also like to add that adequate arrangements have been made for other sister security services including the Ghana Police Service the Ghana Prison Service the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service receive new health care equipment for their operations without problems added the president
    “The government is keeping its promise to equip the armed forces” – President Akufo-Addo
    Africa1 month ago

    “The government is keeping its promise to equip the armed forces” – President Akufo-Addo

    The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says that his government, since taking office in 2017, has fulfilled its promise to reorganize and re-equip the Ghana Armed Forces, thus helping the Force fulfill its mandate to protect the territorial integrity of the nation.

    According to President Akufo-Addo, in view of contemporary, emerging and future threats in West Africa, addressing security issues cannot be business as usual.

    “The Government has approved, therefore, the expansion of the Armed Forces to deal with these threats.

    Strategic expansion and modernization of the Armed Forces, in line with threat analysis and acquisition of necessary equipment, logistics, infrastructure development and manpower augmentation, are vigorously pursued,” he said.

    Speaking at the Military Academy graduation parade for the 61st Regular Career Course, on Friday, August 12, 2022, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the government is rebuilding and upgrading the Ghana Military Academy to bring it up to par with other renowned Military Academies around the world.

    He noted that the first phase of construction work on the Military Academy is almost complete, with the renovated Cadet Officers' Dining Room, the Academy's Plaza de Armas, the three-hundred-and-twenty-seat two-story classroom block, and the magnificent administration block.

    also completed.

    In fact, the three-story, two-hundred-and-forty-six (246)-room lodge for officer cadets, the two-bedroom, sixteen-apartment officer's quarters for platoon commanders, the two-bedroom, four-apartment middle complex for senior NCO instructors , and perimeter fence wall are nearly complete, with fixture installation, painting, outside work/landscaping, and water and power connection expected to be completed by the end of this month.

    Regarding the expansion of the workforce, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the Armed Forces have recruited and trained about three thousand (3,000) soldiers between 2017 and 2020.

    “Since 2021, it has embarked on a recruitment and training accelerated throughout the country to produce a minimum of four thousand (4,000) officers and soldiers annually until 2024, in order to bring the strength of our Armed Forces to optimal levels.

    Thus, a minimum of two thousand (2,000) recruits are trained in the recruit training schools of the three (3) Services every six months, while the number of enlisted officer cadets in recent times has increased exponentially since 2020 " said the President.

    He continued: “In addition to the construction of the eight hundred and thirty-two (832) housing units for the Armed Forces, begun under the Phase One Military Housing Project in July 2019, which are currently at various levels of completion, I cut the lawn a few months ago for the Phase 2 Military Housing Project, which will add an additional three hundred and twenty (320) units to the Phase 1 housing units.” President Akufo-Addo noted that massive infrastructure is being developed in the vicinity of the Burma Camp Military Cemetery to provide warehouses, offices and barracks accommodation for the base artillery depot, artillery school, Central Band of the Forces armed forces and the music school of the armed forces.

    In order to improve the operational capacity, combat efficiency and logistical capacity of the Armed Forces, the president pointed out that measures have been implemented to promote restructuring and re-equipment.

    “To this end, additional bases, specialized units and brigades have been created, with the acquisition of the necessary equipment, to improve operations particularly on our northern borders.

    As you know, this expansion has already seen the creation and establishment of the Army Special Operations Brigade, Armored Brigade, Signals Brigade and two (2) Mechanized Battalions, which are deployed in the Upper West and Upper This one,” the president said.

    he said he.

    He noted that the construction and equipping of fifteen (15) Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) on our northern borders for the Armed Forces for the Northern Border Project is on track.

    These FOBs include FOB Dollar Power, FOB Hamile, FOB Tumu, FOB Navrongo, FOBBawku, FOB Nalerigu, FOB Bunkpurugu, FOB Saboba, FOB Bimbilla, FOB Damongo, FOB Bole, FOB Jirapa, Wa Forward Logistics Base, Forward Logistics Base in Bolgatanga and Main Logistics Base in Tamale.

    In addition to this, President Akufo-Addo indicated that various combat vehicles, equipment and weapons, comprising about one hundred and sixty-three (163) armored personnel carriers and other combat vehicles, trucks and general vehicles, equipment surveillance and communication, including optical and critical mass night vision equipment, as well as weapons, ammunition and bulletproof vests have been procured to improve intelligence acquisition, provide better protection, improve mobility and firepower for troops in internal security operations, including those deployed on our northern borders.

    as well as international peace support operations.

    To the navy, President Akufo-Addo noted that the government has purchased offshore patrol boats and fast patrol boats to improve operations against piracy and other maritime threats, and protect the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

    “Towards enhancing the Navy's capability, I recently ordered four (4) fast patrol boats, named VOLTA, PRA, ANKOBRA, and DENSU, to protect our maritime resources, especially our floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facilities in high seas," he said.

    additional.

    Along the same lines, President Akufo-Addo pointed out that there are plans in sight to acquire, for the Air Force, six (6) L-39 ground combat aircraft, two (2) additional ground power units, assorted aircraft that they comprise House C2A5 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Mi-71SH Military Air Transport Helicopters, VIP Transport Helicopters (H-225) and four (4) H-125 Light Reconnaissance Attack helicopters, to support Special Forces operations.

    Reiterating the Government's commitment to improve the Armed Forces' health and medical service delivery capacity, he indicated that Military Hospital 37, which also functions as the National Disaster Management Hospital, has been prioritized for massive remodeling, before of the beginning of the next phase of the expansion project of the 37th Military Hospital.

    Similarly, the 500-bed military hospital in Afari, in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti region, is set to open in December this year.

    “Expansion and upgrading of medical reception stations in all Garrisons to District Hospital status are also ongoing.

    I would also like to add that adequate arrangements have been made for other sister security services, including the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Prison Service, the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service, receive new health care equipment for their operations without problems, "added the president.

  •  The Nigeria Customs Service NCS Port Harcourt Area ll Command Onne Port has generated N115 26 billion between January and June 2021 The Customs Area Controller Mr Auwal Mohammed made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos The statement was signed by the spokesperson for the command Mrs Ifeoma Ojekwu Mohammed said that the figure showed a remarkable difference when compared with N78 17 billion collected in the first half of 2021 and N46 67 billion in the same period of 2020 Further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure showing differences of N37 09 billion and N68 59 billion for 2021 and 2020 respectively Under my watch the command s revenue collection showed an upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years juxtaposed he said On anti smuggling and enforcement Mohammed said that during the period under review the command made 28 seizures comprising of nine containers with a Duty Paid Valued of N531 39 million This half year s number of seizures is higher than 20 seizures made between January and June 2021 he said Mohammed said that among the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end user certificate military wears vegetable oil whisky soap and used clothing He said that other seizures recorded included used tyres foreign parboiled rice tomato paste used vehicle parts and other items either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded On export Mohammed said that a total of 876 775 60 metric tonnes with 495 384 221 99 free on board FOB value translating to N203 969 499 562 18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme NESS value of N1 075 060 914 52 were processed through the command in the period under review The 2022 export statistics showed an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of my trade facilitation strategies Comparatively as of June 2021 the command processed 331 356 40 metric tonnes with free on board FOB value of 141 422 075 87 The FOB value in naira was N58 229 125 518 73 with NESS value of N260 150 300 13 he said Mohammed noted that the Federal Government had approved a Domestic Export Warehouse DEW at Onne He said that the DEW would enhance opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports including packaging while enjoying the seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels Due diligence by regulatory and government agencies functions including Customs examination shall be conducted in the DEW facility and the command has aligned with ahead of it s full take off he said Mohammed added that the revenue seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attested to a good outcome from their efforts Compliant traders are our partners in progress Indeed we as a service in this command will continue to lawfully support them It is also expedient to appreciate other agencies of government for their cooperation intelligence sharing and camaraderie in implementing government policies to enhance national security and economc interests he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Customs Onne Port command generates N115.26bn in H1
     The Nigeria Customs Service NCS Port Harcourt Area ll Command Onne Port has generated N115 26 billion between January and June 2021 The Customs Area Controller Mr Auwal Mohammed made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos The statement was signed by the spokesperson for the command Mrs Ifeoma Ojekwu Mohammed said that the figure showed a remarkable difference when compared with N78 17 billion collected in the first half of 2021 and N46 67 billion in the same period of 2020 Further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure showing differences of N37 09 billion and N68 59 billion for 2021 and 2020 respectively Under my watch the command s revenue collection showed an upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years juxtaposed he said On anti smuggling and enforcement Mohammed said that during the period under review the command made 28 seizures comprising of nine containers with a Duty Paid Valued of N531 39 million This half year s number of seizures is higher than 20 seizures made between January and June 2021 he said Mohammed said that among the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end user certificate military wears vegetable oil whisky soap and used clothing He said that other seizures recorded included used tyres foreign parboiled rice tomato paste used vehicle parts and other items either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded On export Mohammed said that a total of 876 775 60 metric tonnes with 495 384 221 99 free on board FOB value translating to N203 969 499 562 18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme NESS value of N1 075 060 914 52 were processed through the command in the period under review The 2022 export statistics showed an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of my trade facilitation strategies Comparatively as of June 2021 the command processed 331 356 40 metric tonnes with free on board FOB value of 141 422 075 87 The FOB value in naira was N58 229 125 518 73 with NESS value of N260 150 300 13 he said Mohammed noted that the Federal Government had approved a Domestic Export Warehouse DEW at Onne He said that the DEW would enhance opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports including packaging while enjoying the seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels Due diligence by regulatory and government agencies functions including Customs examination shall be conducted in the DEW facility and the command has aligned with ahead of it s full take off he said Mohammed added that the revenue seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attested to a good outcome from their efforts Compliant traders are our partners in progress Indeed we as a service in this command will continue to lawfully support them It is also expedient to appreciate other agencies of government for their cooperation intelligence sharing and camaraderie in implementing government policies to enhance national security and economc interests he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Customs Onne Port command generates N115.26bn in H1
    Economy3 months ago

    Customs Onne Port command generates N115.26bn in H1

    The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Port Harcourt Area ll Command, Onne Port, has generated N115.26 billion between January and June 2021.

    The Customs Area Controller, Mr Auwal Mohammed, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

    The statement was signed by the spokesperson for the command, Mrs Ifeoma Ojekwu.

    Mohammed said that the figure showed a remarkable difference when compared with N78.17 billion collected in the first half of 2021 and N46.67 billion in the same period of 2020.

    “Further comparison indicates 147 per cent increase above the 2020 collection and 47 per cent increase above 2021 figure, showing differences of N37.09 billion and N68.59 billion for 2021 and 2020, respectively.

    “Under my watch, the command’s revenue collection showed an upward progression on monthly basis resulting in the cumulative differences recorded for the three years juxtaposed,” he said.

    On anti-smuggling and enforcement, Mohammed said that during the period under review the command made 28 seizures, comprising of nine containers, with a Duty Paid Valued of N531.39 million.

    “This half year’s number of seizures is higher than 20 seizures made between January and June 2021,” he said.

    Mohammed said that among the seized items were machetes brought into the country without end-user certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing.

    He said that other seizures recorded included used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and other items, either classified as prohibited or for which duty payment were being evaded.

    On export, Mohammed said that a total of 876,775.60 metric tonnes with $495,384,221.99 free on board (FOB), value, translating to N203,969,499,562.18 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value of N1,075,060,914.52 were processed through the command in the period under review.

    “The 2022 export statistics showed an improvement on the 2021 figures which is a fallout of my trade facilitation strategies .

    “Comparatively, as of June 2021, the command processed 331,356.40 metric tonnes, with free on board (FOB) value of $141,422,075.87.

    ”The FOB value in naira was N58,229,125,518.73 with NESS value of N260,150,300.13,” he said.

    Mohammed noted that the Federal Government had approved a Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW) at Onne.

    He said that the DEW would enhance opportunities for exporters to process and package their exports, including packaging, while enjoying the seamlessness of export cargo warehouse in Onne directly to vessels.

    “Due diligence by regulatory and government agencies functions, including Customs examination shall be conducted in the DEW facility and the command has aligned with ahead of it’s full take off,” he said.

    Mohammed added that the revenue, seizure and export figures coming at the end of first half of the year attested to a good outcome from their efforts.

    “Compliant traders are our partners in progress. Indeed, we as a service in this command will continue to lawfully support them .

    “It is also expedient to appreciate other agencies of government for their cooperation, intelligence sharing and camaraderie in implementing government policies to enhance national security and economc interests,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Customs Service NCS Apapa Area Command has generated N522 4 billion in the first half of 2022 The Area Controller Comptroller Malanta Yusuf made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Friday Yusuf said that the figure showed a significant increase of N156 billion or 42 54 per cent when compared to the N366 5 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2021 This feat was made possible because of our officers resilience in ensuring identified revenue leakages have been mitigated while sustaining the level of compliance by the in the clearance value chain he said On export he said that in line with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non oil export the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non oil commodities with about 2 5 million metric tonnes above the 540 metric tonnes in the year 2021 He noted that the Free on Board FOB value for the exported items also rose from 1 6 million in the year 2021 to 138 million in 2022 Items exported include steel bars agricultural and mineral products amongst others The Federal Government policy and export incentive schemes have played vital roles in boosting export trade in Nigeria he said He said that for the period under review the command curbed the smuggling of dangerous items resulting in the seizure of 83 containers with a Duty Paid Value DPV of N8 3 billion Some of the seized items include wood 32 containers five containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals 18 containers of used 13 containers of foreign parboiled rice Others are vegetable oil seven containers tomato Paste three containers and 1x20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol he said Yusuf said that 21 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures He added that a suspect arrested in connection with the seized 1x20ft container of tramadol was currently undergoing Yusuf said that to further strengthen existing relationship between relevant government agencies in the port the command had recently handed over 2x20ft containers no SUDU 7774749 and UETU2798479 laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA On the issue of the non utilisation of the scanner Yusuf said that they had logistics challenge because of the ongoing rail construction We can t operate the scanners while the rail construction work is in progress because the radioactive activity will pose health threats to the workers These scanners have already been synchronised with the current platform of the NCS which is the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System NICIS II The scanners in Onne and Tin Can Island are working he said He however expressed optimism that with the level of cooperation from the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA and the intervention of the Minister of State for Transportation Senator Gbemisola Saraki within the next two months Apapa scanners would be deployed and utilised NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Apapa Customs Command generates N522.4bn in six months
     The Nigeria Customs Service NCS Apapa Area Command has generated N522 4 billion in the first half of 2022 The Area Controller Comptroller Malanta Yusuf made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Friday Yusuf said that the figure showed a significant increase of N156 billion or 42 54 per cent when compared to the N366 5 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2021 This feat was made possible because of our officers resilience in ensuring identified revenue leakages have been mitigated while sustaining the level of compliance by the in the clearance value chain he said On export he said that in line with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non oil export the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non oil commodities with about 2 5 million metric tonnes above the 540 metric tonnes in the year 2021 He noted that the Free on Board FOB value for the exported items also rose from 1 6 million in the year 2021 to 138 million in 2022 Items exported include steel bars agricultural and mineral products amongst others The Federal Government policy and export incentive schemes have played vital roles in boosting export trade in Nigeria he said He said that for the period under review the command curbed the smuggling of dangerous items resulting in the seizure of 83 containers with a Duty Paid Value DPV of N8 3 billion Some of the seized items include wood 32 containers five containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals 18 containers of used 13 containers of foreign parboiled rice Others are vegetable oil seven containers tomato Paste three containers and 1x20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol he said Yusuf said that 21 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures He added that a suspect arrested in connection with the seized 1x20ft container of tramadol was currently undergoing Yusuf said that to further strengthen existing relationship between relevant government agencies in the port the command had recently handed over 2x20ft containers no SUDU 7774749 and UETU2798479 laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA On the issue of the non utilisation of the scanner Yusuf said that they had logistics challenge because of the ongoing rail construction We can t operate the scanners while the rail construction work is in progress because the radioactive activity will pose health threats to the workers These scanners have already been synchronised with the current platform of the NCS which is the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System NICIS II The scanners in Onne and Tin Can Island are working he said He however expressed optimism that with the level of cooperation from the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA and the intervention of the Minister of State for Transportation Senator Gbemisola Saraki within the next two months Apapa scanners would be deployed and utilised NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Apapa Customs Command generates N522.4bn in six months
    Economy3 months ago

    Apapa Customs Command generates N522.4bn in six months

    The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command, has generated N522.4 billion in the first half of 2022.

    The Area Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Friday.

    Yusuf said that the figure showed a significant increase of N156 billion or 42.54 per cent when compared to the N366.5 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2021.

    “This feat was made possible because of our officers’ resilience in ensuring identified revenue leakages have been mitigated, while sustaining the level of compliance by the in the clearance value chain,” he said.

    On export, he said that in line with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non-oil export, the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non-oil commodities with about 2.5 million metric tonnes, above the 540 metric tonnes in the year 2021.

    He noted that the Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items also rose from $1.6 million in the year 2021 to $138 million in 2022.

    “Items exported include steel bars, agricultural and mineral products amongst others.

    “The Federal Government policy and export incentive schemes have played vital roles in boosting export trade in Nigeria,” he said.

    He said that for the period under review, the command curbed the smuggling of dangerous items, resulting in the seizure of 83 containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N8.3 billion.

    “Some of the seized items include: wood, 32 containers; five containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals, 18 containers of used ; 13 containers of foreign parboiled rice.

    “Others are vegetable oil – seven containers, tomato Paste – three containers, and 1x20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol,” he said.

    Yusuf said that 21 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures.

    He added that a suspect arrested in connection with the seized 1x20ft container of tramadol was currently undergoing .

    Yusuf said that to further strengthen existing relationship between relevant government agencies in the port, the command had recently handed over 2x20ft containers no. SUDU 7774749 and UETU2798479 laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

    On the issue of the non-utilisation of the scanner, Yusuf said that they had logistics challenge because of the ongoing rail construction.

    “We can’t operate the scanners while the rail construction work is in progress because the radioactive activity will pose health threats to the workers.

    “These scanners have already been synchronised with the current platform of the NCS which is the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II. The scanners in Onne and Tin Can Island are working,” he said.

    He, however, expressed optimism that with the level of cooperation from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the intervention of the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki; within the next two months Apapa scanners would be deployed and utilised.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Army has dismissed the social media reports alleging complicity of its troops in the recent kidnap of the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria Samuel Kanu Uche The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja Nwachukwu said the insinuation that troops were complicit in the kidnap incident could be swallowed hook line and sinker as it was not premised on any findings of investigations He said the allegation had raised some pertinent questions which were still unanswered According to him given the spate of insecurity in the region the question would be was the issue reported to the unit covering the area Did the Methodist Church take the NIgerian Army into confidence while negotiating the ransom with the kidnappers No formal complaint has been received by the unit More worrisome is the fact that it was alleged that the ransom was paid in less than 24 hours Was the ransom paid to troops These are questions that beg for answers he said Nwachukwu said the Nigerian army unit had not received any debrief from the Prelate or the Methodist Church He said that troops were deployed at Forward Operating Base FOB Okigwe and in front of the Abia State University Uturu The Army spokesperson also said no information was made available to them or to 14 Brigade or any other formation except the information making the rounds in the social media He reiterated that troops deployment in the army was not done with considerations for ethnic affiliation Nwachukwu explained that a deployment of troops of Fulani ethnic extraction who as alleged by the Prelate carried out the dastardly act was not our practice or modus operandi in the army Given our professional disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct in the Nigerian Army we will take this weighty allegation seriously We will approach the Prelate and the Methodist church to unravel the basis for the allegation he said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Kanu Uche was kidnapped on Sunday along the Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State while on his way to the airport He was kidnapped alongside the Bishop of Owerri Rt Rev Dennis Mark and the Prelate s Chaplain and were released on Monday NAN
    Soldiers not involved in Kidnap of Methodist Prelate – Army
     The Nigerian Army has dismissed the social media reports alleging complicity of its troops in the recent kidnap of the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria Samuel Kanu Uche The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja Nwachukwu said the insinuation that troops were complicit in the kidnap incident could be swallowed hook line and sinker as it was not premised on any findings of investigations He said the allegation had raised some pertinent questions which were still unanswered According to him given the spate of insecurity in the region the question would be was the issue reported to the unit covering the area Did the Methodist Church take the NIgerian Army into confidence while negotiating the ransom with the kidnappers No formal complaint has been received by the unit More worrisome is the fact that it was alleged that the ransom was paid in less than 24 hours Was the ransom paid to troops These are questions that beg for answers he said Nwachukwu said the Nigerian army unit had not received any debrief from the Prelate or the Methodist Church He said that troops were deployed at Forward Operating Base FOB Okigwe and in front of the Abia State University Uturu The Army spokesperson also said no information was made available to them or to 14 Brigade or any other formation except the information making the rounds in the social media He reiterated that troops deployment in the army was not done with considerations for ethnic affiliation Nwachukwu explained that a deployment of troops of Fulani ethnic extraction who as alleged by the Prelate carried out the dastardly act was not our practice or modus operandi in the army Given our professional disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct in the Nigerian Army we will take this weighty allegation seriously We will approach the Prelate and the Methodist church to unravel the basis for the allegation he said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Kanu Uche was kidnapped on Sunday along the Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State while on his way to the airport He was kidnapped alongside the Bishop of Owerri Rt Rev Dennis Mark and the Prelate s Chaplain and were released on Monday NAN
    Soldiers not involved in Kidnap of Methodist Prelate – Army
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Soldiers not involved in Kidnap of Methodist Prelate – Army

    The Nigerian Army has dismissed the social media reports alleging complicity of its troops in the recent kidnap of the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Samuel Kanu-Uche.

    The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Nwachukwu said the insinuation that troops were complicit in the kidnap incident could be swallowed hook line and sinker as it was not premised on any findings of investigations.

    He said the allegation had raised some pertinent questions which were still unanswered.

    According to him, given the spate of insecurity in the region, the question would be, was the issue reported to the unit covering the area?

    “Did the Methodist Church take the NIgerian Army into confidence while negotiating the ransom with the kidnappers? No formal complaint has been received by the unit.

    “More worrisome is the fact that it was alleged that the ransom was paid in less than 24 hours.

    “Was the ransom paid to troops? These are questions that beg for answers,” he said.

    Nwachukwu said the Nigerian army unit had not received any debrief from the Prelate or the Methodist Church.

    He said that troops were deployed at Forward Operating Base(FOB) Okigwe and in front of the Abia State University, Uturu.

    The Army spokesperson also said no information was made available to them or to 14 Brigade or any other formation, except the information making the rounds in the social media.

    He reiterated that troops’ deployment in the army was not done with considerations for ethnic affiliation.

    Nwachukwu explained that a deployment of troops of Fulani ethnic extraction, who, as alleged by the Prelate, carried out the dastardly act was not our practice or modus operandi in the army.

    “Given our professional disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct in the Nigerian Army, we will take this weighty allegation seriously.

    “We will approach the Prelate and the Methodist church to unravel the basis for the allegation,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Kanu-Uche was kidnapped on Sunday along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State while on his way to the airport.

    He was kidnapped alongside the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark and the Prelate’s Chaplain and were released on Monday.

    (NAN)

  •   China quietly increases purchases of low priced Russian oil Oil Singapore May 20 2022 China is quietly ramping up purchases of oil from Russia at bargain prices according to shipping data and oil traders who spoke to Reuters China is thus filling the vacuum left by Western buyers backing away from business with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in February The move by the world s biggest oil importer comes a month after it initially cut back on Russian supplies for fear of appearing to openly support Moscow and potentially exposing its state oil giants to sanctions China s seaborne Russian oil imports will jump to a near record 1 1 million barrels per day bpd in May up from 750 000 bpd in the first quarter and 800 000 bpd in 2021 according to an estimate by Vortexa Analytics Unipec the trading arm of Asia s top refiner Sinopec Corp is leading the purchases along with Zhenhua Oil a unit of China s defence conglomerate Norinco according to shipping data a shipbroker report seen by Reuters and five traders Livna Shipping Ltd a Hong Kong registered firm has also recently emerged as a major shipper of Russian oil into China the traders said Sinopec declined comment while Zhenhua and Livna did not respond to requests for comment The firms are filling the hole left by western buyers after Russia s invasion of Ukraine which Russia calls a special military operation The United States Britain and some other key oil buyers banned imports of Russian oil shortly after the invasion The European Union is finalising a further round of sanctions including a ban on Russian oil purchases Many European refiners have already stopped buying from Russia for fear of running afoul of sanction or drawing negative publicity Vitol and Trafigura two of the world s biggest commodity traders phased out purchases from Rosneft Russia s biggest oil producer ahead of an EU rule that came into effect on May 15 barring purchases unless strictly necessary to secure the EU s energy needs The situation began taking a drastic turn after the exit of Vitol and Trafigura that created a vacuum which could only be filled by companies that can provide value and are trusted by their Russian counterparts one Chinese trader who asked not to be named told Reuters The low price of Russia s oil spot differentials are about 29 less per barrel compared with before the invasion according to traders is a boon for China s refiners as they face shrinking margins in a slowing economy The price is well below competing barrels from the Middle East Africa Europe and the United States China separately receives some 800 000 bpd of Russian oil via pipelines under government deals That would bring May imports to nearly two million bpd 15 per cent of China s overall demand For Russia oil sales are helping to cushion the blow to its economy from sanctions State owned Chinese companies led by Sinopec and Zhenhua are set to buy two thirds of Russia s flagship Far Eastern export grade ESPO Eastern Siberia Pacific Ocean oil pipeline blend in May up from a third before the invasion of Ukraine traders who closely monitor the flows told Reuters Russia exported about 24 million barrels in May six per cent higher than April Sinopec alone is likely to buy at least 10 ESPO shipments in May doubling its volume before the invasion with some of the trades hitting a record discount of 20 a barrel below benchmark Dubai crude on FOB Kozmino basis three of the traders said Sinopec Zhenhua and Livna are moving more oil from both Russia s Baltic Sea ports in north western Europe and its Far East export hub Kozmino Zhenhua the smallest state owned Chinese oil trader has chartered ships to move Russian oil according to shipping data and traders with knowledge of the matter North Petroleum International Co a unit of Zhenhua loaded two ESPO shipments in early May and another two cargoes of Urals from Baltic Sea port Ust Luga in late April and mid May according to data from Refinitiv and Vortexa a shipbroker report and traders Norinco one of the world s largest defence contractors branched into oil more than two decades ago winning a concession to produce oil in Iraq in the 1990s Its trading vehicle Zhenhua recently expanded into gas terminal investment and trading Zhenhua has bought some of its supply of Russian oil via Switzerland based Paramount Energy a trader specialising in marketing oil from independent Russian and Kazakhstan producers to mostly private end users said two traders with knowledge of the matter A regular marketer of ESPO to China s independent refiners since 2016 Paramount Energy expanded its China business by boosting sales to Zhenhua after it set up a Beijing office in 2020 said the trading executives In response to Reuters questions Paramount Energy did not address trades made after Russia s invasion of Ukraine It said it has customers in China for ESPO crude cargoes delivered under long term contracts established well before Feb 24 the date of the invasion This crude is supplied exclusively by independent oil producers and non state companies as has long been our policy Livna which has not previously been a major player in taking Russian oil to Asia has since late April loaded over seven million barrels of Russian Urals and ESPO crude bound for China according to ship tracking data from Vortexa and Refinitiv Previously a regular shipper of Russia s Europe focused export grade Urals within Europe Livna started sending Russian oil to Shandong province China s independent refiners hub in early 2020 according to shipping data So far in May Livna has loaded eight cargoes or nearly six million barrels of ESPO oil destined for China up from one or two cargoes each month earlier in this year shipping data showed Livna also loaded at least two Urals shipments from Baltic ports in May for delivery to China traders told Reuters The withdrawal of western traders has also attracted new player Shandong Port International Trade Group a provincial government backed trader to the business traders told Reuters AIB NAN
    China quietly increases purchases of low-priced Russian oil
      China quietly increases purchases of low priced Russian oil Oil Singapore May 20 2022 China is quietly ramping up purchases of oil from Russia at bargain prices according to shipping data and oil traders who spoke to Reuters China is thus filling the vacuum left by Western buyers backing away from business with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in February The move by the world s biggest oil importer comes a month after it initially cut back on Russian supplies for fear of appearing to openly support Moscow and potentially exposing its state oil giants to sanctions China s seaborne Russian oil imports will jump to a near record 1 1 million barrels per day bpd in May up from 750 000 bpd in the first quarter and 800 000 bpd in 2021 according to an estimate by Vortexa Analytics Unipec the trading arm of Asia s top refiner Sinopec Corp is leading the purchases along with Zhenhua Oil a unit of China s defence conglomerate Norinco according to shipping data a shipbroker report seen by Reuters and five traders Livna Shipping Ltd a Hong Kong registered firm has also recently emerged as a major shipper of Russian oil into China the traders said Sinopec declined comment while Zhenhua and Livna did not respond to requests for comment The firms are filling the hole left by western buyers after Russia s invasion of Ukraine which Russia calls a special military operation The United States Britain and some other key oil buyers banned imports of Russian oil shortly after the invasion The European Union is finalising a further round of sanctions including a ban on Russian oil purchases Many European refiners have already stopped buying from Russia for fear of running afoul of sanction or drawing negative publicity Vitol and Trafigura two of the world s biggest commodity traders phased out purchases from Rosneft Russia s biggest oil producer ahead of an EU rule that came into effect on May 15 barring purchases unless strictly necessary to secure the EU s energy needs The situation began taking a drastic turn after the exit of Vitol and Trafigura that created a vacuum which could only be filled by companies that can provide value and are trusted by their Russian counterparts one Chinese trader who asked not to be named told Reuters The low price of Russia s oil spot differentials are about 29 less per barrel compared with before the invasion according to traders is a boon for China s refiners as they face shrinking margins in a slowing economy The price is well below competing barrels from the Middle East Africa Europe and the United States China separately receives some 800 000 bpd of Russian oil via pipelines under government deals That would bring May imports to nearly two million bpd 15 per cent of China s overall demand For Russia oil sales are helping to cushion the blow to its economy from sanctions State owned Chinese companies led by Sinopec and Zhenhua are set to buy two thirds of Russia s flagship Far Eastern export grade ESPO Eastern Siberia Pacific Ocean oil pipeline blend in May up from a third before the invasion of Ukraine traders who closely monitor the flows told Reuters Russia exported about 24 million barrels in May six per cent higher than April Sinopec alone is likely to buy at least 10 ESPO shipments in May doubling its volume before the invasion with some of the trades hitting a record discount of 20 a barrel below benchmark Dubai crude on FOB Kozmino basis three of the traders said Sinopec Zhenhua and Livna are moving more oil from both Russia s Baltic Sea ports in north western Europe and its Far East export hub Kozmino Zhenhua the smallest state owned Chinese oil trader has chartered ships to move Russian oil according to shipping data and traders with knowledge of the matter North Petroleum International Co a unit of Zhenhua loaded two ESPO shipments in early May and another two cargoes of Urals from Baltic Sea port Ust Luga in late April and mid May according to data from Refinitiv and Vortexa a shipbroker report and traders Norinco one of the world s largest defence contractors branched into oil more than two decades ago winning a concession to produce oil in Iraq in the 1990s Its trading vehicle Zhenhua recently expanded into gas terminal investment and trading Zhenhua has bought some of its supply of Russian oil via Switzerland based Paramount Energy a trader specialising in marketing oil from independent Russian and Kazakhstan producers to mostly private end users said two traders with knowledge of the matter A regular marketer of ESPO to China s independent refiners since 2016 Paramount Energy expanded its China business by boosting sales to Zhenhua after it set up a Beijing office in 2020 said the trading executives In response to Reuters questions Paramount Energy did not address trades made after Russia s invasion of Ukraine It said it has customers in China for ESPO crude cargoes delivered under long term contracts established well before Feb 24 the date of the invasion This crude is supplied exclusively by independent oil producers and non state companies as has long been our policy Livna which has not previously been a major player in taking Russian oil to Asia has since late April loaded over seven million barrels of Russian Urals and ESPO crude bound for China according to ship tracking data from Vortexa and Refinitiv Previously a regular shipper of Russia s Europe focused export grade Urals within Europe Livna started sending Russian oil to Shandong province China s independent refiners hub in early 2020 according to shipping data So far in May Livna has loaded eight cargoes or nearly six million barrels of ESPO oil destined for China up from one or two cargoes each month earlier in this year shipping data showed Livna also loaded at least two Urals shipments from Baltic ports in May for delivery to China traders told Reuters The withdrawal of western traders has also attracted new player Shandong Port International Trade Group a provincial government backed trader to the business traders told Reuters AIB NAN
    China quietly increases purchases of low-priced Russian oil
    Foreign4 months ago

    China quietly increases purchases of low-priced Russian oil

    China quietly increases purchases of low-priced Russian oil

    Oil

    Singapore, May 20, 2022 China is quietly ramping up purchases of oil from Russia at bargain prices, according to shipping data and oil traders, who spoke to Reuters.

    China is thus filling the vacuum left by Western buyers, backing away from business with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in February.

    The move by the world’s biggest oil importer comes a month after it initially cut back on Russian supplies, for fear of appearing to openly support Moscow and potentially exposing its state oil giants to sanctions.

    China’s seaborne Russian oil imports will jump to a near-record 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) in May, up from 750,000 bpd in the first quarter and 800,000 bpd in 2021, according to an estimate by Vortexa Analytics.

    Unipec, the trading arm of Asia’s top refiner Sinopec Corp, is leading the purchases, along with Zhenhua Oil, a unit of China’s defence conglomerate Norinco, according to shipping data, a shipbroker report seen by Reuters and five traders.

    Livna Shipping Ltd, a Hong Kong-registered firm, has also recently emerged as a major shipper of Russian oil into China, the traders said.

    Sinopec declined comment while Zhenhua and Livna did not respond to requests for comment.

    The firms are filling the hole left by western buyers after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “special military operation”.

    The United States, Britain and some other key oil buyers banned imports of Russian oil shortly after the invasion.

    The European Union is finalising a further round of sanctions, including a ban on Russian oil purchases.

    Many European refiners have already stopped buying from Russia for fear of running afoul of sanction or drawing negative publicity.

    Vitol and Trafigura, two of the world’s biggest commodity traders, phased out purchases from Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, ahead of an EU rule that came into effect on May 15 barring purchases unless “strictly necessary” to secure the EU’s energy needs.

    “The situation began taking a drastic turn after the exit of Vitol and Trafigura that created a vacuum, which could only be filled by companies that can provide value and are trusted by their Russian counterparts,’’ one Chinese trader, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

    The low price of Russia’s oil – spot differentials are about $29 less per barrel compared with before the invasion, according to traders – is a boon for China’s refiners as they face shrinking margins in a slowing economy.

    The price is well below competing barrels from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States.

    China separately receives some 800,000 bpd of Russian oil via pipelines under government deals.

    That would bring May imports to nearly two million bpd, 15 per cent of China’s overall demand.

    For Russia, oil sales are helping to cushion the blow to its economy from sanctions.

    State-owned Chinese companies, led by Sinopec and Zhenhua, are set to buy two thirds of Russia’s flagship Far Eastern export grade ESPO (Eastern Siberia–Pacific Ocean oil pipeline) blend in May, up from a third before the invasion of Ukraine, traders who closely monitor the flows told Reuters.

    Russia exported about 24 million barrels in May, six per cent higher than April.

    Sinopec alone is likely to buy at least 10 ESPO shipments in May, doubling its volume before the invasion, with some of the trades hitting a record discount of $20 a barrel below benchmark Dubai crude on FOB Kozmino basis, three of the traders said.

    Sinopec, Zhenhua and Livna are moving more oil from both Russia’s Baltic Sea ports in north-western Europe and its Far East export hub Kozmino.

    Zhenhua, the smallest state-owned Chinese oil trader, has chartered ships to move Russian oil, according to shipping data and traders with knowledge of the matter.

    North Petroleum International Co, a unit of Zhenhua, loaded two ESPO shipments in early May, and another two cargoes of Urals from Baltic Sea port Ust-Luga in late April and mid-May, according to data from Refinitiv and Vortexa, a shipbroker report and traders.

    Norinco, one of the world’s largest defence contractors, branched into oil more than two decades ago, winning a concession to produce oil in Iraq in the 1990s.

    Its trading vehicle, Zhenhua, recently expanded into gas terminal investment and trading.

    Zhenhua has bought some of its supply of Russian oil via Switzerland-based Paramount Energy, a trader specialising in marketing oil from independent Russian and Kazakhstan producers to mostly private end-users, said two traders with knowledge of the matter.

    A regular marketer of ESPO to China’s independent refiners since 2016, Paramount Energy expanded its China business by boosting sales to Zhenhua after it set up a Beijing office in 2020, said the trading executives.

    In response to Reuters’ questions, Paramount Energy did not address trades made after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    It said “it has customers in China for ESPO crude cargoes delivered under long-term contracts established well before Feb. 24,’’ the date of the invasion.

    “This crude is supplied exclusively by independent oil producers and non-state companies, as has long been our policy.’’

    Livna, which has not previously been a major player in taking Russian oil to Asia, has since late April loaded over seven million barrels of Russian Urals and ESPO crude bound for China, according to ship-tracking data from Vortexa and Refinitiv.

    Previously, a regular shipper of Russia’s Europe-focused export-grade Urals within Europe, Livna started sending Russian oil to Shandong province, China’s independent refiners’ hub, in early 2020, according to shipping data.

    So far in May, Livna has loaded eight cargoes, or nearly six million barrels of ESPO oil, destined for China, up from one or two cargoes each month earlier in this year, shipping data showed.

    Livna also loaded at least two Urals shipments from Baltic ports in May for delivery to China, traders told Reuters.

    The withdrawal of western traders has also attracted new player Shandong Port International Trade Group, a provincial government-backed trader to the business, traders told Reuters.

    AIB

    (NAN)

  •  The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya on Tuesday performed the groundbreaking for the establishment of a new Forward Operations Base FOB Isa in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Tuesday said the COAS also had lunch with the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji to mark the Eid el fitri The COAS Yahaya said the initiative to build the new FOB Isa in the eastern part of the state was premised on its strategic importance to the ongoing operations He said the FOB would facilitate the planning and execution of several operations urging traditional rulers and communities to cooperate with the troops to checkmate banditry and other heinous crimes in the region The COAS urged troops to intensify operations and take the fight to bandits in their enclaves He commended them for the successes recorded so far and urged them not to relent towards meeting the expectations of the nation Yahaya assured the troops that more logistics would be deployed into the theatre to enhance their combat efficiency At the Government House Gov Aminu Tambuwal lauded the troops for their effort in the ongoing operations and reiterated his support to the Nigerian army in tackling the security challenges in the state Also the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar III assured the COAS of his continuous support to the Nigerian Army Abubakar said the traditional institution would continue to sensitise residents in their domain to support the military and other security agencies in their effort to address the security challenges NAN
    Army sets up new base as COAS fetes troops to Sallah luncheon in Sokoto
     The Chief of Army Staff COAS Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya on Tuesday performed the groundbreaking for the establishment of a new Forward Operations Base FOB Isa in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Tuesday said the COAS also had lunch with the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji to mark the Eid el fitri The COAS Yahaya said the initiative to build the new FOB Isa in the eastern part of the state was premised on its strategic importance to the ongoing operations He said the FOB would facilitate the planning and execution of several operations urging traditional rulers and communities to cooperate with the troops to checkmate banditry and other heinous crimes in the region The COAS urged troops to intensify operations and take the fight to bandits in their enclaves He commended them for the successes recorded so far and urged them not to relent towards meeting the expectations of the nation Yahaya assured the troops that more logistics would be deployed into the theatre to enhance their combat efficiency At the Government House Gov Aminu Tambuwal lauded the troops for their effort in the ongoing operations and reiterated his support to the Nigerian army in tackling the security challenges in the state Also the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar III assured the COAS of his continuous support to the Nigerian Army Abubakar said the traditional institution would continue to sensitise residents in their domain to support the military and other security agencies in their effort to address the security challenges NAN
    Army sets up new base as COAS fetes troops to Sallah luncheon in Sokoto
    Defence/Security5 months ago

    Army sets up new base as COAS fetes troops to Sallah luncheon in Sokoto

    The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, on Tuesday performed the groundbreaking for the establishment of a new Forward Operations Base (FOB) Isa, in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the COAS also had lunch with the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji to mark the Eid-el-fitri.The COAS, Yahaya said the initiative to build the new FOB Isa in the eastern part of the state was premised on its strategic importance to the ongoing operations.He said the FOB would facilitate the planning and execution of several operations, urging traditional rulers and communities to cooperate with the troops to checkmate banditry and other heinous crimes in the region.The COAS urged troops to intensify operations and take the fight to bandits in their enclaves.He commended them for the successes recorded so far and urged them not to relent towards meeting the expectations of the nation.Yahaya assured the troops that more logistics would be deployed into the theatre to enhance their combat efficiency.At the Government House, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal lauded the troops for their effort in the ongoing operations and reiterated his support to the Nigerian army in tackling the security challenges in the state.Also, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, assured the COAS of his continuous support to the Nigerian Army .Abubakar said the traditional institution would continue to sensitise residents in their domain to support the military and other security agencies in their effort to address the security challenges.(NAN)

  •   Isaiah Eka The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base FOB Ibaka Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom seized 40 bags of smuggled rice and confiscated the boat used for smuggling The commanding officer Navy Capt Muhammed Kabiru made this known to reporters in Ibaka on Wednesday as he handed over the bags of rice to the Nigerian Customs Service NCS Kabiru said the 40 bags of rice were seized from smugglers on February 15 during routine patrol operations at the team site He said the smugglers abandoned the rice and boat and fled on sight of the naval patrol team He assured that the base will not give up in putting an end to the illegalities in the waterways of Akwa Ibom Kabiru said the seizure was due to directives from the Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Auwul Gambo on zero tolerance for all forms of crime in Nigeria s maritime domain particularly rice smuggling and crude oil theft He said On February 15 2022 at approximately 6 00 p m during our regular patrol to eliminate all forms of illegalities within our areas of responsibility we came across a vessel suspected of being a smuggling vessel Seeing our gunboat the crew jumped into the water and swam to the nearby creek there We have no choice but to tow the boat to the base The boat is here at the dock with the outboard motor The contents of the boat have been unloaded which is 40 bags of 50 kg of rice they are here So I Navy Captain Muhammad Kabiru Commanding Officer of FOB Ibaka here the contents of the boat 40 bags of 50 kg of rice to Superintendent Kikems Danbana of the Nigerian Customs Service Joint Border Patrol Team Oron Axis for further investigation and possible prosecution He advised smugglers to move away from Nigeria s sea borders adding that it would no longer be business as usual for them He urged those engaged in smuggling and other illegal businesses to engage in legitimate activities Danbana who received the 40 bags of rice on behalf of NCS said the service was determined to stop smuggling into the country He also warned smugglers to desist from the illegal trade emphasizing that the NCS would continue to checkmate economic sabotage in the country
    Navy impounds smuggled rice, seizes boat in A’Ibom
      Isaiah Eka The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base FOB Ibaka Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom seized 40 bags of smuggled rice and confiscated the boat used for smuggling The commanding officer Navy Capt Muhammed Kabiru made this known to reporters in Ibaka on Wednesday as he handed over the bags of rice to the Nigerian Customs Service NCS Kabiru said the 40 bags of rice were seized from smugglers on February 15 during routine patrol operations at the team site He said the smugglers abandoned the rice and boat and fled on sight of the naval patrol team He assured that the base will not give up in putting an end to the illegalities in the waterways of Akwa Ibom Kabiru said the seizure was due to directives from the Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Auwul Gambo on zero tolerance for all forms of crime in Nigeria s maritime domain particularly rice smuggling and crude oil theft He said On February 15 2022 at approximately 6 00 p m during our regular patrol to eliminate all forms of illegalities within our areas of responsibility we came across a vessel suspected of being a smuggling vessel Seeing our gunboat the crew jumped into the water and swam to the nearby creek there We have no choice but to tow the boat to the base The boat is here at the dock with the outboard motor The contents of the boat have been unloaded which is 40 bags of 50 kg of rice they are here So I Navy Captain Muhammad Kabiru Commanding Officer of FOB Ibaka here the contents of the boat 40 bags of 50 kg of rice to Superintendent Kikems Danbana of the Nigerian Customs Service Joint Border Patrol Team Oron Axis for further investigation and possible prosecution He advised smugglers to move away from Nigeria s sea borders adding that it would no longer be business as usual for them He urged those engaged in smuggling and other illegal businesses to engage in legitimate activities Danbana who received the 40 bags of rice on behalf of NCS said the service was determined to stop smuggling into the country He also warned smugglers to desist from the illegal trade emphasizing that the NCS would continue to checkmate economic sabotage in the country
    Navy impounds smuggled rice, seizes boat in A’Ibom
    Defence/Security7 months ago

    Navy impounds smuggled rice, seizes boat in A’Ibom

    Isaiah Eka

    The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of ​​Akwa Ibom, seized 40 bags of smuggled rice and confiscated the boat used for smuggling.

    The commanding officer, Navy Capt. Muhammed Kabiru, made this known to reporters in Ibaka on Wednesday as he handed over the bags of rice to the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

    Kabiru said the 40 bags of rice were seized from smugglers on February 15 during routine patrol operations at the team site.

    He said the smugglers abandoned the rice and boat and fled on sight of the naval patrol team.

    He assured that the base will not give up in putting an end to the illegalities in the waterways of Akwa Ibom.

    Kabiru said the seizure was due to directives from the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Auwul Gambo, on zero tolerance for all forms of crime in Nigeria's maritime domain, particularly rice smuggling and crude oil theft. .

    He said: “On February 15, 2022, at approximately 6:00 p.m., during our regular patrol to eliminate all forms of illegalities within our areas of responsibility, we came across a vessel suspected of being a smuggling vessel.

    “Seeing our gunboat, the crew jumped into the water and swam to the nearby creek, there.

    “We have no choice but to tow the boat to the base. The boat is here at the dock with the outboard motor. The contents of the boat have been unloaded, which is 40 bags of 50 kg of rice; they are here.

    “So, I, Navy Captain Muhammad Kabiru, Commanding Officer of FOB Ibaka, here the contents of the boat 40 bags of 50 kg of rice to Superintendent Kikems Danbana of the Nigerian Customs Service, Joint Border Patrol Team, Oron Axis , for further investigation and possible prosecution."

    He advised smugglers to move away from Nigeria's sea borders, adding that it would no longer be business as usual for them.

    He urged those engaged in smuggling and other illegal businesses to engage in legitimate activities.

    Danbana, who received the 40 bags of rice on behalf of NCS, said the service was determined to stop smuggling into the country.

    He also warned smugglers to desist from the illegal trade, emphasizing that the NCS would continue to checkmate economic sabotage in the country.