Tuesday 31 May 2016

Rise In Militancy Continue As A New Group - New Delta Suicide Squad NDSS Emerges, Issues 7 Day Ultimatum To Oil Firms

Even as the Nigerian Government deploys troops to contain the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), it appears militancy in the region has become a trend as a new group: The New Delta Suicide Squad (NDSS) has reportedly bared its fangs.

Monday 30 May 2016

Experts Worry Crashed EgyptAir MS804 Probably 'Downed By Laptop Bomb' Similar To One Deployed By Al-shabab Militants on Daallo Airlines Plane

There are heightened fears that EgyptAir Flight 804 was downed by a 'laptop bomb' device similar to one which blew a man out the side of a passenger jet - Daallo Airlines Flight 159 which Somali militant group - Al-shabab claimed responsibility for.

Gunmen Kidnap Another Lecturer in Cross River State, Demand N5 Million Ransom

Armed kidnappers, at the weekend, abducted a lecturer, one Dr. Walter Ibe of the Department of Computer Sciences, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Cross River State, South-South Nigeria, from his residence and whisked him to an unknown destination. Dr. Walter’s abduction comes three weeks after gunmen abducted a lecturer in the University of Calabar and collected ransom from his family before his release.

Sunday 29 May 2016

UPDATE: Democracy Day Bombing: Soldier, Four Others Killed As Powerful Explosion Hit Military Checkpoint in Biu, NE Nigeria

It has now been confiremed that the explosion from an improvied explosive device (IED) planted by near a military checkpoint at  Biu-Damboa road, outskirt of Borno State, killed a soldier and four civilians. A woman and her baby and two other male adults were amongst the dead. Preliminary investigation revealed that the IED was buried there a long time ago but remained undetected until a tricycle mistakenly stepped on it.

Thursday 26 May 2016

Military Declares War On Niger Delta Militants While Petroleum Minister Negotiates With Them. Mixed Signals?

Incensed by the increasing threat that militants in the Niger Delta poses to the Nigerian economy, the Nigerian Military declared war on them yesterday. But it appears the Nigerian government is sending mixed signals to this effect given earlier reports which credited to the Petroleum Minister and his Niger Delta counterpart saying the government will negotiate with the militants.

Herdsmen Killed 984 People in Benue State, Nigeria

New Telegraph Newspaper reports that in the last two years, between 2014 and 2016, the series of attacks carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen on various communities in Benue State have claimed over 984 people. Also, 29,974 people have been displaced across the state, with properties worth over N40 billion lost to the attacks.

Countering Violent Extremism: Microsoft Joins the Fight Against Terrorism, Radicalization

Technology giant, Microsoft has finally joined the ranks of technology companies committed to tackling terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization online. 

Microsoft acknowledged that "terrorist content" has been posted to its consumer services, which include Xbox Live and Outlook webmail. 
"Terrorism is one of the truly urgent issues of our time," said Microsoft. "We are committed to doing our part to help address the use of technology to promote it or to recruit to its causes."

It's not exactly clear what Microsoft's anti terrorism strategy involves, but the company stressed that it would not censor results on its search engine Bing. 

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Nigerian Government To Negotiate With Niger Delta Militants - Says Petroleum Minister

Daily Post newspaper reports that Nigeria's Minister of State for Petroluem, Dr Ibe Kachikwu is of the opinion that the Federal Government may resort to dialogue with the Niger Delta Militants in a bid to end the activities of militancy in the region.

Saturday 21 May 2016

27 Security, Safety Tips To Prevent, Survive A Kidnapping Incident

No doubt kidnapping for ransom and extortion (KRE) is a global problem. The gist is that this heinous crime has assumed dangerous dimensions in Nigeria. Kidnapping in Nigeria is vastly underreported. More often than not, it is the high profile victims of kidnapping - politicians, journalists amongst others in Nigeria that receive media attention and that of security agents. Nonagenarians, Statesmen, monarchs, clergies, even children are not spared by kidnappers in Nigeria. That two Catholic Reverend Sisters were recently kidnapped in Ondo State, South-West Nigeria and a ransom of N20 million was placed on them tells the abysmal level of moral decadence, desperation and growing level of insecurity in Nigeria. Just recently, it was in the news that Nigeria Police officers uncovered a kidnappers den in River State. At the risk of sounding alarmist, kidnappings in Nigeria will not subside anytime soon if the remote and immediate causes are not sorted.

Kidnappers on Rampage in Nigeria As Gunmen Kidnap Two Kogi Judiciary Workers And Two Ranking Kwara Politicians

Two staff of the Kogi State judiciary were on Thursday May 19, abducted by gunmen Suspected to be kidnappers and taken to an unknown destination.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that Mr Timothy Salihu of Upper Area Court, Lokoja and Mr Aliyu Okeme, a retired Inspector of Area Court were abducted at gun-point.

Thursday 19 May 2016

New Militant Group "Red Egbesu Water Lions" (REWL) Emerges in the Niger Delta, Make Demands, Threaten Showdown

Signaling a relapse to militancy in the Niger Delta, report indicates that in addition to the Niger Delta Avengers, a fresh militant group which goes by the moniker - "Red Egbesu Water Lions" - has emerged in the region. Recall that on Tuesday night, May 17, suspected militants, blew up the Sagbama-Tuomo gas line, belonging to Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, at Egbembiri, Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State .

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Police Uncover Kidnappers Den in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria

About five victims were recently freed from kidnapper’s den in Omuma community in Rivers State, South-South, Nigeria when detectives from the Abia State Police Command swooped on their hide-out.

Monday 16 May 2016

United Kingdom Warns Buhari: Deploying Military Might In Niger Delta Could Be Disastrous

Given the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta by Niger Delta Avengers, the British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond cautions that President Buhari needs to deal with the root causes because a military confrontation could end in “disaster”.

Kidnappers Abduct Two Catholic Reverend Sisters in Ondo State, Nigeria, Demand N20m Ransom

Punch newspaper reports that daredevil kidnappers have abducted two reverend sisters and their driver in the Kajola area of Ondo State, South-West Nigeria.

Sunday 15 May 2016

Again, Suspected Marauding 'Fulani Herdsmen' Kill 12 in Benue State

There seem to be no respite for farmers in Benue State Benue as report indicates that suspected dare-devil Fulani Herdsmen on Friday night, raided Tarfi village, Binnev Ward, in Buruku local government area and killed about 12 people.

Saturday 14 May 2016

Wondering The Safest Place To Live in Nigeria? United Nations Says It's The South East, Abuja

The United Nations Development Programme has named South-East Nigeria as the most human security secure geopolitical zone in Nigeria.South East Nigeria comprises the following states: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.

Niger Delta Crises: ExxonMobil Joins Shell, Shuts Down Operations As Another Explosion Rocks Chevron Facility in Warri

Sequel to resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta and a two-week ultimatum by the Niger Delta Avengers for oil companies in the region to shut down operations, Exxon Mobil has reportedly declared force majeure on Qua Iboe crude after an accident the company claimed was not related to militant attacks.

Thursday 12 May 2016

Analysis: Niger Delta Avengers And The Relapse To Militancy in Nigeria’s Niger Delta; Connecting The Dots

Preamble: This essay aims to critically analyze recent upshots: the relapse to agitation, militancy, bombing of crude oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta. Prevailing realities and information will be juxtaposed to help us reconcile or connect the dots between the remote, immediate causes of this reincarnated Niger Delta agitation and plausible socioeconomic and security implications.

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Shell Petroleum Shuts Down Terminal Over Supposed Pipeline Attack On Nembe Creek, Nigeria

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary on Wednesday said it has declared force majeure on Bonny Light crude exports following a leak on a key pipeline. The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) said the measure came into effect on Tuesday at 1100 GMT, as the leak had shut the Nembe Creek Trunk line, pending repairs.

X-raying 'Critical Vulnerabilities' To Terrorism, Extremism in Africa

United States lawmakers examining the threat that terrorism poses in Africa on Tuesday expressed concern that the United States may be overlooking human rights and governance abuses by leaders in the region who provide assistance on counterterrorism issues.

BREAKING: Osama Bin Laden Is Still Alive - Edward Snowden

The former United States National Security Agency employee, Edward Snowden has claimed that he has evidence showing that Osama bin Laden, who was supposedly killed in Pakistan in 2011 by U.S. special forces, is still alive and well.

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Security Alert! Niger Delta Avengers Plant To Launch Fresh Attacks On Abuja, Lagos, Calabar etc

New militant group known as Niger-Delta Avengers, NDA, warned yesterday that it had concluded plans to attack installations in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

Monday 9 May 2016

Rivers of Blood? Gunmen Kill Five Policemen in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria

Punch newspaper reports that unknown gunmen in the early hours of Monday killed five policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Nasiru Halidu (DSP). 

Nigeria Prohibits Unauthorised Flying of Drones  

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has banned the launching of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, RPA, in the Nigerian airspace without its permit and that of the Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA.

Saturday 7 May 2016

Second Attack By Militants Destroy Crude Oil and Gas Pipelines Linking Warri, Kaduna Refineries

Reports indicate that another attack by suspected militants in the Niger Delta on NNPC Crude oil and gas pipelines has dealt a serious setback on the operations of two of Nigeria's refineries and power plants.

Friday 6 May 2016

Growing Insecurity in Nigeria: Four Naval Personnel, Others Killed in Bayselsa By Militants

The Nation newspaper reports that four Nigerian Navy ratings attached to an oil servicing company are feared killed in an ambush by suspected militants in Nembe creek, Nembe Local Government of Bayelsa State, South-South, Nigeria.

Thursday 5 May 2016

Arms Proliferation: Nigeria Conducts Survey On Small Arms And Light Weapons

A national survey on small arms and light weapons is currently underway in Nigeria, to put figures to the menace of the proliferation of arms in the country, especially with the continued success in the fight against insurgency.

Niger Delta Avengers Claims To Have Blown Chevron Platform; Threatens To 'Take The Fight To Abuja and Lagos'

True to their threat a while ago, at about 22:40 hours on Wednesday, 4th May, 2016, the Niger Delta Avengers claims to have blown up a Chevron valve platform at Abiteye, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, South-South Nigeria. This platform is said to be the most significant platform for chevron because it’s the main connecting point where all other platforms linked up and it’s a fulcrum to chevron BOP and the Chevron Tank farm. With the valve platform blown all chevron activities are now halted.

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Nigerian Senate Sanctions Death Penalty for Kidnapping in Nigeria

Given spike in kidnappings in Nigeria, the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday said it would soon pass a bill for a law that would make kidnapping in Nigeria punishable by death.

Gunmen Kidnap University of Calabar Lecturer, Two Other Students

Symptomatic of pervading insecurity and kidnappings in Nigeria, unknown gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday, 03/05/2016 reportedly invaded the University of Calabar, UNICAL staff premises and kidnapped a lecturer, one Dr Stephen Ndifon of the School of Medical Sciences and two other students. The victims were taken to an unknown destination.

Militant Group - Niger Delta Avengers Declare War on Tompolo, Threatens To Blow More Oil Installations

Following recent denial by Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, that he is not associated with the Niger Delta Avengers, the later has issued a stern warning to Tompolo to apologise to it for taking sides with the Nigerian government or face severe consequences. The militants threatened that if Chief Tompolo fails to apologise, it "shall bring the war to your doorstep by blowing up all oil installations within your backyard (Gbaramatu Kingdom)" 

Monday 2 May 2016

Reprisal Attack? Herdsmen, 83 Cows Reportedly Killed in Nasarawa

Daily Trust newspaper reports that plausibly 20 herdsmen and 83 cows were reportedly killed over the weekend in Adayi and Loko areas of Nasarawa LGA of Nasarawa State by gunmen suspected to be from the riverine areas of Benue and Nasarawa states.

Rivers of Blood? Gunmen Kill 9 in Rivers State Attacks

Punch newspaper reports No fewer than nine persons were killed in two separate attacks by some gunmen who invaded two communities in the Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Sunday 1 May 2016

Gunmen Kidnap Pregnant Wife, 4 Children of Paramount Ruler in Akwa Ibom State

Premium Times reports that no fewer than 10 unknown gunmen on Friday night kidnapped the pregnant wife of Ubong Assam, the paramount ruler of Esit Eket in Akwa Ibom State, South-South, Nigeria.