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Colonel kidnapped in Kaduna



  • As FG begins reconstruction of schools, police stations destroyed by Boko Haram

Nigeria Army yesterday confirmed the abduction of its serving senior officer, Col. Samaila Inusa, in Kaduna. The abduction of Inusa was contained in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Kaduna. The statement, signed by Col Usman Abdul, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division, said Inusa was a serving officer at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State. The statement said his abductors kidnapped him at Kamazo Chikkun Local Government Area near NNPC junction, Kaduna. It said his abductors dropped off his wife and left with him in his car and headed towards Abuja.”

“They are in a Mercedes Benz GLK Black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ. “This happened at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 26 March 2016,” it said. The statement pleaded with the public with useful information or assistance to assist in tracking the abductors by calling 08033865572, 08030489203, 08023445961, 07038025282 and 08058130703. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, yesterday called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Solomon Arase, to ensure the unconditional release of an academic staff of the university, Dr. Beatrice Fabunmi, who was kidnapped in Ondo State. Fabunmi who is a member of ASUU, worked at the Kenneth Dike Library of the university.

Our correspondent learnt that she was kidnapped at Oba-Akoko on her way to see her mother at Ibilo last Friday during which her husband, Prof. Martins Fabunmi, was released after sustaining gunshot wounds. It was gathered that the kidnappers are demanding N5m before she can be released. But Omole in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, while describing the kidnapping as uncalled for, stated that academic staff in Nigeria deserves total protection as a vulnerable group of people poorly paid. He urged the IGP to deploy the anti-kidnapping squad of the police force to ensure her release unhurt; adding that the university community is already in bad mood.

He said: “Where will ordinary Nigerians pass that they will be safe? Our roads are death traps and since we cannot afford the airfare, we endure the hardship only for us to be kidnapped again! “This is evil and must be stopped. The inspector General of Police needs to track down those kidnapping kingpin in Ondo State and other adjourning states. “We in ASUU are demanding the unconditional release and safe return of one of our own. The state must guarantee the security of its members. President Buhari must talk to the security agencies to ensure the release of our member within 24 hours.” Omole, said although the case has been reported to the police, it was not being treated with the utmost attention it deserves. “If big men or their children are kidnapped, all the newspapers will be awash with the news getting front page, but when the poor man is kidnapped, he becomes another victim in the hands of law enforcement agents. “The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau should step up his acts and check this insecurity and not force Nigerians to rise in self defence if their security cannot be guaranteed by the state,” he stated.

In the meantime, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Lawan, says the Federal Government has commenced the reconstruction of schools and police stations destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Lawan made this known on Sunday in Hong, Adamawa, during the graduation of 500 students trained by Buba Industrial Village.

The training was part of the Youth Empowerment Programme introduced by Yusuf Buba, the member representing Gombi /Hong Federal Constituency. He said that the reconstruction of the region was part of the election campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari. The SGF stressed that the aim was to bring lasting solution to insurgency and rebuild destroyed infrastructures in the area. “Federal Government has began reconstruction of schools, police stations among others destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East region. “The present APC – led government is determined to guarantee peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and ensure that Nigerians irrespective of their locality or belief benefit from the dividend of democracy,” Lawan said. He berated opposition parties for what he called campaign of calumny
during the last general election, which linked the All Progressives Congress party with a particular religion and Boko Haram insurgency. Lawan said President Buhari and APC-led government would never discriminate against any Nigerian on the basis of religion and any other affiliation. “President Buhari believes in honesty and integrity and before him, all Nigerians are equal,” he said.

On youth empowerment, Lawan said that Federal Government had excellent programmes for the employment of youths. He commended the lawmaker for initiating skills acquisition programme for the youth, describing the gesture as a “landmark achievement” worthy of emulation.
According to him, the programme is the first of its kind in the area since the inception of democracy in 2009. In his address, Buba said that the gesture was part of the promises made during election campaign. “During my election campaign I promised my constituents that if elected, I will bring change through youth empowerment programmes. “And today, this is the second graduation where over 500 youths were trained in various skills and assisted with free equipment to start their businesses,” Buba said.

National Mirror with additional report from Upshot


WAIVER CESSATION: Igbokwe urges NIMASA to evolve stronger collaboration with Ships owners



…Stresses the need for timely disbursement of N44.6billion CVFF***

Highly revered Nigerian Maritime Lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Igbokwe has urged the Nigeria Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) to partner with ship owners and relevant association in the industry to evolving a more vibrant merchant shipping and cabotage trade regime.

Igbokwe gave the counsel during his paper presentation at the just concluded two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Cabotage waiver restrictions, organized by NIMASA.

“NIMASA and shipowners should develop merchant shipping including cabotage trade. A good start is to partner with the relevant associations in this field, such as the Nigeria Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA), Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Oil Trade Group & Maritime Trade Group of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“A cursory look at their vision, mission and objectives, show that they are willing to improve the maritime sector, not just for their members but for stakeholders in the maritime economy and the country”.

Adding that it is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a through briefing and regular consultation with ships owners, in other to have insight on the challenges facing the ship owners.

“It is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a thorough briefing and regular consultations with shipowners, to receive insight on the challenges they face, and how the Agency can assist in solving them and encouraging them to invest and participate in the maritime sector, for its development. 

“NIMASA should see them as partners in progress because, if they do not invest in buying ships and registering them in Nigeria, there would be no Nigerian-owned ships in its Register and NIMASA would be unable to discharge its main objective.

The Maritime lawyer also urged NIMASA  to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)that currently stands at about N44.6 billion.

“Lest it be forgotten, what is on the lips of almost every shipowner, is the need to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (the CVFF’), which was established by the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003. It was established to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition capacity, by providing financial assistance to Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerian operating in the domestic coastal shipping, to purchase and maintain vessels and build shipping capacity. 

“Research shows that this fund has grown to about N44.6billion; and that due to its non-disbursement, financial institutions have repossessed some vessels, resulting in a 43% reduction of the number of operational indigenous shipping companies in Nigeria, in the past few years. 

“Without beating around the bush, to promote indigenous maritime development, prompt action must be taken by NIMASA to commence the disbursement of this Fund to qualified shipowners pursuant to the extant Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (“CVFF”) Regulations.

Mike Igbokwe (SAN)

“Indeed, as part of its statutory functions, NIMASA is to enforce and administer the provisions of the Cabotage Act 2003 and develop and implement policies and programmes which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure. Disbursing the CVFF is one of the ways NIMASA can fulfill this mandate.

“To assist in this task, there must be collaboration between NIMASA, financial institutions, the Minister of Transportation, as contained in the CVFF Regulations that are yet to be implemented”, the legal guru highlighted further. 

He urged the agency to create the right environment for its stakeholders to build on and engender the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders.

“Lastly, which is the main reason why we are all here, cessation of ministerial waivers on some cabotage requirements, which I believe is worth applause in favour of NIMASA. 

“This is because it appears that the readiness to obtain/grant waivers had made some of the vessels and their owners engaged in cabotage trade, to become complacent and indifferent in quickly ensuring that they updated their capacities, so as not to require the waivers. 

“The cessation of waivers is a way of forcing the relevant stakeholders of the maritime sector, to find workable solutions within, for maritime development and fill the gaps in the local capacities in 100% Nigerian crewing, ship ownership, and ship building, that had necessitated the existence of the waivers since about 15 years ago, when the Cabotage Act came into being. 

“However, NIMASA must ensure that the right environment is provided for its stakeholders to build and possess the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders. Or better still, that they are solved within the next 5 years of its intention to stop granting waivers”, he further explained. 

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Breaking News: The Funeral Rites of Matriarch C. Ogbeifun is Live



The Burial Ceremony of Engr. Greg Ogbeifun’s mother is live. Watch on the website: and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured



…As Valles Steamship Orders 112,000 dwt Tanker from South Korea***

A wind farm supply vessel and a cargo ship collided in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday leaving 15 injured.

The Cyprus-flagged 80-meter general cargo ship Raba collided with Denmark-flagged 31-meter wind farm supply vessel World Bora near Rügen Island, about three nautical miles off the coast of Hamburg. 

Many of those injured were service engineers on the wind farm vessel, and 10 were seriously hurt. 

They were headed to Iberdrola’s 350MW Wikinger wind farm. Nine of the people on board the World Bora were employees of Siemens Gamesa, two were employees of Iberdrola and four were crew.

The cause of the incident is not yet known, and no pollution has been reported.

After the collision, the two ships were able to proceed to Rügen under their own power, and the injured were then taken to hospital. 

Lifeboat crews from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service tended to them prior to their transport to hospital via ambulance and helicopter.

“Iberdrola wishes to thank the rescue services for their diligence and professionalism,” the company said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Hong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.

Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.

The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.

The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.

Maritime Executive with additional report from World Maritime News

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