Alleged mastermind of Agip pipeline attack arraigned

The alleged mastermind of the bombing of a crude oil delivery line belonging to Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, in Southern Ijaw Local Governemnt Area of Bayelsa State, “Gen” Pastor Oyere has been charged to court.

The suspect, an ex-militant leader, was arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, by the Federal Government.

Oyere is charged with unlawful tampering with Agip Pipeline, criminal extortion and illegal oil bunkering.

Bombed pipeline to halt Nigeria’s crude oil output until May

he damage caused by an attack on an underwater pipeline is set to halt flows of Nigeria’s Forcados crude oil to one of the country’s biggest export terminals until May.

Shell Petroleum Development Corporation , a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary which operates the pipeline, declared force majeure on February 21, a week after the pipeline was hit by an explosion, causing a leak that forced it to halt loadings to the Forcados export terminal.

Niger-Delta Militants vow to blow up more oil pipelines within days

Niger Delta Avengers, the militant group which claimed responsibility for blowing up the Forcados Terminal Pipeline in Delta State, has announced its plan to attack more oil installations.

“Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Forcados terminal is our latest casualty. There are many more to follow in the days and weeks ahead,” the group said in a statement Vanguard published.

It said it was prepared to reduce Nigeria’s daily oil production and supply to zero barrel if its agitation was ignored.

Nigeria needs entire army to man oil facilities - JTF Commander

Nigeria needs an entire army to man its oil and gas assets, Commanding Officer of the 3 Battalion, Effurun, Lt Col Igwe Omoke, has said.

Lt.-Col. Omoke spoke when members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Gas Resources visited the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC), in Warri, at the weekend.

He said the criminal justice system was an obstacle to efforts to protect critical national assets.

Nigerian Navy aid rescue of Indian Seamen on board hijacked Oil Tanker near Abidjan

The hijacked oil tanker Maximum was released by pirates near Ivory Coast. The Indian authorities together with Nigerian Navy organized rescue operation for the kidnapped seamen and 10 Indian sailors were released by pirates today. The oil tanker was attacked on 76 nautical miles south off Abidjan, Ivory Coast on February 11 during the night and had unknown position since today. The circumstances around the hijacked vessel need to be cleared during the next days, but still have 2 seamen, who are kept in captivity.

EFCC Seeks Court Order To Seize Tompolo’s Property

In the ex-parte motion filed by Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Festus Keyamo at the Federal High Court, Lagos , the Commission’s sought order is pursuant to Section 80 & 81 of the Administration and Criminal justice Act, 2015.

The EFCC said the property seizure was sought pending the arrest and arraignment of Tompolo before the court.

Nigeria's Forcados Crude Export Terminal Hit by Major Spill. Oil Lifting Suspended

Nigeria’s crude oil export operation has suffered a serious setback following a major crack-up of a giant underwater pipeline at the Forcados export terminal.

Following the incident, crude oil lifting h‎as now been suspended at that platform, officials said.

The pipeline, described as a big artery in the nation’s oil production was said to have suffered a huge rupture under circumstances that are at the moment still hazy.

Nigeria is already bleeding from the impact of low oil prices, with revenue dipping month after month.

Cheap Oil Is Killing Profits For West African Pirates

Crime in the waters around Africa is on the decline, falling significantly in 2015, as West African pirates have their profits eroded by globally cheap oil.

Instances of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea fell by a third in 2015, representing a steep decline from previous years. The price of oil has plummeted 75 percent from highs of $108 a barrel in June 2014, shredding the foothold of African pirates in the illegal oil trade. Crude oil prices have stabilized around $30 a barrel but continue to swing unpredictably, reports Bloomberg.

1500 Self-confessed militants seek inclusion in amnesty program

Some 1, 500 Niger Delta militants have expressed their desire to surrender their arms to the federal government and embrace the amnesty program.

 A statement by O. C. Babaeere and America Tekeiminikpoba on behalf of others on Sunday said their action was sequel to the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

 The duo who said they are commanders from some camps in Lagos/Ogun states and environs however said they were ready to surrender their arms and embrace the amnesty program if the federal government was sincere.

NSCDC inaugurates gunboats to tackle Pipeline Vandalism

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), yesterday, inaugurated gunboats in Bayelsa State to tackle pipeline vandalism and other maritime crimes.

The gunboats were sent to the state command of NSCDC by the Federal Government a few days after suspected vandals attacked pipelines belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Brass, Brass Local Government Area.


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