Gunmen attacked a 24 inch Agip Manifold carrying gas and crude oil in KPONGBOKIRI, BRASS LGA, BAYELSA State with small arms and explosives causing a large oil spill, leading to a drop in production of 16,000 barrels according to Agip
Elements of Op Pulo Shield has detained Prince Alvin Cockman OYEGUN (aka Commander ABULA) in IDEMA Village, OGBIA LGA, BAYELSA State on suspicion of attacking the Agip Pipeline in KPONGBOKIRI, BRASS LGA, BAYELSA State on 28 January.
Gunmen attacked a police station in OKOROETE, EASTERN OBOLO LGA, AKWA IBOM State killing 2 x police officers and wounding 9. The gunmen are suspected to be Andoni mercenaries from RIVERS State and related to a communal clash between AMAZABA Village, EASTERN OBOLO LGA and IKOT AKPAN UDO, IKOT ABASI LGA
Gunmen abducted Josiah Umukoro AGHAZA II the Prince Regent and son of Josiah AGHAZA I, the ODIO OLOGBO (traditional ruler) of OLOMORO Kingdom, ISOKO SOUTH LGA, DELTA State from his office at 7.30am fleeing in a green Range Rover. A N50m ransom has allegedly been demanded.
Armed gunmen mounted in 2 x fast boats hijacked a chemical tanker MT LEON DIAS (GREECE) sailing from LOME to BATA approximately 90 nautical miles south of BRASS LGA, wounding one crew member, locking the crew in the mess room and sailing towards the NIGER Delta. The hijackers alleged spokesman General BEN threatened to blow up the vessel and kill the crew, if Indigenous People of BIAFRA (IPOB) leader Nnamdi KANU was not released within 31 days.
40 policemen (14 x ASPs, 6 x Inspectors, 7 x Sergeants, 13 x Corporals) have commenced the 12 week NIGERIA Navy (NN) Basic Marine Operation Course (BMOC) in order to counter maritime crimes at Naval Training Command, APAPA, LAGOS
The gunmen holding the MT LEON DIAS abandoned the vessel approximately 7.5 nautical miles off the coast of COTONOU, BENIN Republic with 5 hostages (2 x Filipino, 2 x Russian and 1 x Georgian).
Josiah Umukoro AGHAZA II of OLOMORO Kingdom, ISOKO SOUTH LGA, DELTA State was released at 9.00pm by his abductors in SAPELE, SAPELE LGA, DELTA State after payment of an unspecified ransom
The BAYELSA State Government has imposed an immediate ban on the use of 200hp engines on boats in the state at the 35th State Security Council meeting in YENEGOA, BAYELSA State in order to combat kidnapping, sea piracy and other criminal activities
Several explosions took place in a bungalow at No. 41 ZOMI ZOMI Street, off UPPER Sakponba Road, near Three House Junction, 3 BENIN City, IKPOBA OKHA LGA, EDO State around 2.00pm destroying 5 residential houses, but causing no casualties. Police EOD attended the site and detonated several suspect devices around 6.16pm, injuring a passer-by. Local residents stated that the property was once rented by suspected kidnappers who were arrested some months ago and that the current occupant had tried to burn some refuse he had collected after cleaning
Uchenna MADU a leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of BIAFRA (MASSOB) stated the group was not involved in the ship hijack. Emma POWERFUL a spokesman for IPOB also denied any involvement.
Former Niger Delta militant leader and pipeline security contractor, Government EKPEMUPOLO (aka TOMPOLO) has filed a motion with the Federal High Court, LAGOS, LAGOS State to set aside the warrant of arrest issued on 14 January for failure to honour the court summons of 12 January on a 40 count charge of alleged fraud of N34bn against him, Patrick AKPOBOLOKEMI (ex Director General NIMASA), Kime ENGOZU, Gregory MBONU, Captain Warredi ENISUOH and 4 companies (Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, Boloboere Property and Estate Ltd and Destre Consult Ltd) by the EFCC. The other 9 attended court, whilst EKPEMUPOLO did not nor was he represented by counsel. In his application EKPEMUPOLO claims he was never served a summons as the address given by the court (No 1 CHIEF AGBANU Street, DDPA Extension, WARRI, DELTA State) was incorrect as he resided at No 13 CHIEF AGBANU Street.
Elements of Op Pulo Shield arrested several people suspected of attacks on oil pipelines and other installations
Gunmen ambushed an Anti Pipeline Vandalism Joint Task Force patrol in the vicinity of AREPO, OBAFEMI OWODE LGA, OGUN State killing 5 Naval personnel, the attackers are believed to be pipeline vandals, who lured the into the ambush with an explosion, opening fire when they came to investigate
MASSOB National Director of Information Samuel EDESON issued a statement threatening to make NIGERIA ungovernable if NIGERIA did not hold a referendum on secession using strikes and civil disobedience.
Gunmen boarded a container ship SAFMARINE KURAMO en route to ONNE,ELEME LGA, RIVERS State from POINTE NOIRE, DRC, around 8.00am approximately 60 nautical miles of the coast of BONNY Island Fairway Bouy the Navy despatched a patrol of NNS Centenary and several patrol boats from Eastern Naval Command to intercept it, causing the attackers to abandon the ship with cargo and crew untouched the next day. The Captain of NNS centenary Captain Chiedozie OKEHIE complimented the South African female captain of the ship for passing along information during the chase, whilst she and the crew were locked in the engine room
2 people (Austin AJAH and Winifred FRANK) returning from OWERRI, IMO State were abducted in the vicinity of SIAT PALM FARM, UBIMA, IKWERRE LGA, RIVERS State around 6.19pm.