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A lawyer walks through the compound at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Nigeria convicts first pirates under new maritime law

A Nigerian court made the first convictions under a new anti-piracy law, giving hope to the world's shipping fleets that legal reforms will help stem rising attacks in the Gulf of Guinea.

Russians among hostages taken by pirates off West African coast – embassy

The Russian Embassy in Benin Republic on Tuesday said three Russians were among seven or eight crew members of a German-managed cargo ship captured off the coast of the West African country of Benin.

OMSL faults NPA on threat to national security jab

Ocean Marine Solution Limited (OMSL) has faulted the claim by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) that the Secure Anchorage Area (SSA) manned by it, in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, constituted a threat to national security.
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok Ete-Ibas

Nigerian Navy arrests 130 vessels in two years

Over 130 vessels have been arrested for various maritime infractions by the Nigerian Navy (NN) since 2017, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas said on Thursday.

Pirates kidnap sailors off Nigeria coast

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says pirates have stormed an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria, kidnapping six sailors.

Nigerian pirates abduct six sailors from oil tanker

Pirates off Nigeria’s oil-rich south have stormed a small oil tanker, kidnapping six sailors, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Thursday, the latest in a string of such attacks.

Ecuador suspends role as guarantor of Colombia peace talks

Ecuador on Wednesday said it was suspending its role as guarantor of the peace talks between Colombia's government and ELN guerrillas which have been hosted in Quito since early 2017.

Ecuador stops Julian Assange communicating from its London embassy

Ecuador on Wednesday said it has stopped Julian Assange’s ability to communicate to the outside world from its London embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up since 2012.

Ecuador’s ‘Pablo Escobar’ drug kingpin extradited to US

A drug kingpin dubbed Ecuador’s “Pablo Escobar” who was under arrest in Colombia was extradited to the United States early Saturday, local officials said here.

22 Indian sailors, oil tanker vanish in Cotonou

A Panama-flag merchant ship, MT Marine Express, with 22 Indian sailors, has been reported missing in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, since 1 February.

Nigeria’s security strength in the Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea accounted for more than 50% of the global kidnappings for ransom, with 34 seafarers kidnapped out of a total of 62 worldwide. The region is regarded as a high risk area attracting war insurance premium.

Late preparations cost Nigeria international maritime election – NIMASA chief Dakuku Peterside

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, said on Monday that Nigeria lost election into Category ‘C’ of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) due to late preparations.

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Prosecutors failed to attend Tuesday’s hearing at the federal high court in Lagos, having previously failed to present some of their witnesses in a case that had been adjourned on several occasions.

Nigerian judge throws out case against 47 men for homosexuality

A judge in a Nigerian court has thrown out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country’s laws banning homosexual relationships.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos government promises to compensate victims of Fagba crisis

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday promised to compensate residents who lost their property to the Fagba crisis in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of the state.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

IPAC congratulates INEC chairman over re-appointment

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has congratulated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on his re-appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years in office.

NSCDC dismisses officer for ‘looting’ virus palliatives in Abuja

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has dismissed a Corps Assistant, Illiya Ibrahim, from service for allegedly looting COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

#EndSARS: Nigerian Army denies shooting protesters

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) has denied allegation soldiers opened fire on #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza last Tuesday.