Army intercepts stolen oil in Imo

The 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Obinze, Imo State, has arrested nine persons for suspected illegal oil bunkering. Two drivers, in whose truck the oil was being conveyed, were also arrested.

Parading the suspects at the Obinze Barracks yesterday, Commander Brig-General K.A.Y Isiyaku, who was represented by the spokesman, Capt. Ajemasu Jingina, said three of the suspects were arrested for kidnapping, nine for illegal oil bunkering and one for illegal possession of firearms.

WIG faults Urhobo DESOPADEC commissioners’ oil production claim

WARRI—Warri Interest Group, WIG, in Warri, Delta State, weekend, challenged the comment by the commissioners representing oil-bearing communities of Urhobo ethnic nationality in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, that they produce more oil and gas than Itsekiri, Ijaw and other ethnic nationalities in the state.

OPEC members now keen to end oil glut, says Kachikwu

The mood inside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is shifting from mistrust to a growing consensus that a decision must be reached on how to end the global oil price rout, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu has said.

Oil prices have slumped by more than 70 per cent to near $30 a barrel over the past 18 months as OPEC, led by top producer Saudi Arabia, sought to drive higher-cost producers out of the market by refusing to cut production despite a supply glut.

Pipeline vandalism: Lawmaker advocates FG, community leaders’ synergy

BOMADI—A member of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Daniel Yingi, has called on the Federal Government to liaise with community leaders in the Niger Delta in its efforts to curb pipeline vandalism and other criminality in the area. The lawmaker, who represents Burutu constituency 1, said that such move by the Federal Government would bring a lasting solution to the sabotage of oil installations and other criminal acts, as well as create Federal Government-community relationship in the Niger Delta.

Maersk’s New Maternity Policy Lauded by Workers

A new maternity policy, which improves benefits during and after maternity leave for Maersk Group employees globally, and becomes effective from April 4, 2016, has been applauded by its employees in Nigeria.

The new maternity policy which the company said was aimed at increasing the retention of women following childbirth or adoption includes a programme allowing a phased reintegration to work for all onshore employees and a global guaranteed minimum of 18 weeks maternity leave on full pay for all employees, subject to local workforce regulations.

NPA Sets up Committee to Check Extortion at Ports

A standing Intervention Committee to check the alleged cases of extortion truck drivers by security operatives at the port entrances in Lagos has been constituted by Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Western Ports.

The intervention Committee, which is under the Chairmanship of the General Manager, Western Ports, NPA, Chief Michael Ajayi is meant to address the fears of truckers union on the alleged cases of extortion along port access roads within the Lagos Ports Corridor.

NPA to sanction owners of trucks illegally operating around ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Western Ports, has said owners of any truck loitering along the ports access roads without an authority to load would be fined. General Manager of the NPA, Michael Ajayi, stated this in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos adding that owners of such trucks would pay a fine of N20,000.

He said that information gathered indicated that some trucks drivers parked along the ports’ access roads, hunting for customers.

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.

Gard Alert on Revised Nigerian "Letter of Comfort"

 Norwegian maritime insurer Assuranceforeningen Gard (Gard) Tuesday released an alert over a revised "Letter of Comfort" regarding the banning of tankers in Nigerian waters, which has been issued by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Gard says the revised letter "addresses some earlier concerns" but suggests "problems remain."

Issues cited by Gard include confusion over who is required to sign a Letter of Comfort and what activity would be considered a breach of a Letter of Comfort.

Nigerian Navy foils ship hijack, rescues 25 foreigners

Nigerian Navy

About twenty five foreigners including Britons, South Africans, Indians, Filipinos and Thais were rescued as the Nigerian Navy foiled an attempt by suspected sea pirates to hijack and abduct them aboard a Maersk merchant ship.

The ship was carrying general cargo to Nigeria at the time of the attack.

Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder Navy Capt. Olusegun Soyemi, stated that the vessel arrived safely with the rescued crew members yesterday at Onne Port in Rivers State.