Again, FG hires private contractor to safeguard Nigerian waters

In a move reminiscent of the concessioning of Nigeria's maritime security infrastructure to Global West Vessels Specialist Limited (GWVSL) by the erstwhile administration of Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi as Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Saftey Agency (NIMASA), an Israeli security firm has been engaged by the federal government to secure Nigeria’s territorial waters for three years and train members of the Nigerian Navy and other security personnel.

Sentinel Patrol vessel survives a pirate attack off Nigeria

A 35 metre Sentinel patrol vessel designed and built by Cape Town-based Nautic Africa withstood a pirate attack off the coast of Nigeria at the end of September that involved taking fire from AK-47 assault rifles.
The vessel and crew succeeded in thwarting an ambush attempt by pirates who attacked the vessel from the front, Nautic Africa, a Paramount Group company, said. “Proving that the 35m Sentinel patrol vessel is properly armoured for its task, the crew managed to escape the attack unscathed,” the company said in a statement.

PANDEF, HOSTCOM disagree over oil pipeline security

The plan by the Federal Government to recruit youths of the Niger Delta for security of oil and gas assets in the region is now being threatened with altercation between  The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and leadership of Host Communities of Nigeria, producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) as to which group would be responsible for the exercise aimed at creating jobs as well as protection of the pipelines.

FG trains 10,000 to combat threats to oil installations

Determined to reduce the rising cases of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region, 10,000 youths drawn from 19 states are presently being trained to curtail the menace.

Youths from Edo, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos, Kogi, Niger, Abia, Imo, Kaduna, Gombe, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra and Osun, among others, are being trained on community policing of oil installations and safeguarding pipelines.