Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service

Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service commandos sail in a RHIB in the Niger Delta

28 April, 2014

TWO barges with 285 metric tons of stolen crude oil worth N50 million have been arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Pathfinder, off the coast of Bonny Island, Rivers State.

NNS Pathfinder Commanding Officer,
Forward Operating Base in Bonny,
Captain Hassan Dogara, told journalists yesterday that 11 suspected crude oil thieves were also arrested during the raid last week.Dogara explained that the two barges
and 55 tons of stolen crude oil were set ablaze during the raid.

He said security operatives from the
Army, Police, Immigration, Nigerian
Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) participated in the destruction of the product.

He, however, revealed that the naval personnel involved in the operation were able to save 230 tons of crude oil. “The troops, under my command on April 23, intercepted and arrested two wooden barges containing estimated 230 tons of suspected stolen crude oil during a routine patrol of its area of responsibility.

While our operatives approached the scene of the crime, the perpetrators fled. We were able to arrest 11 suspects afterwards,impounded five speed boats and five patrol engines. The barges, which were filled to the brim, had several leakages and so, spilled its content into the creeks and on the surrounding environment.

“In view of this development, troops
quickly moved in and saved 230 tons;
destroyed the barges with about 55 tons leftover of the product to avoid further degradation of the environment”, said Dogara. Dogara added that the remaining 230 tons of crude oil was still in possession of the Navy, pending directives from the
Eastern Naval Command.

“The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral
Usman Jubrin, had ordered strategic
deployment of troops on waterways to stop oil thieves, pipeline vandals and sea piracy in the Niger Delta”, he said.

The Commanding Officer explained that the Navy would not relent in conducting 24-hour surveillance of waterways along the country’s coastline, particularly in the Niger Delta, so as to stop crude oil theft and reckless attacks on its oil installations.

According to him, “The fight against oil theft is the collective responsibility of every Nigerian, and so, citizens must provide security agencies with timely information to ensure economic growth of the country.”


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  1. to4shizzle says:

    Pathfinder Again!

    Wow this NNS is one of the most performing…..ONWARD TOGETHER KEEP IT UP!
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  2. Spirit says:

    Its so sad that the Nigeria Navy seems to be fetching water into a basket;

    “Because punishment for evil deeds are not speedily executed, therefore the hearts of the sons of men are set to do evil”– Ecclesiastes 8:11

    May God continue to bless Nigeria.

  3. doziex says:

    Nigeria has to step up to the plate, stop stinking up the joint, and show some competence.

    Our oil industry just needs a system to be implemented that deals with security and accountability, from source to consumer.

    Ok, our mangrove swamps, are not the easiest to police in the world, but it can be done by engaging the right companies with the right set of expertise.

    This well designed system would incorporate and enhance the valiant efforts of op pulo shield.
    It would incorporate the powers of the EFCC and the SSS in order to prosecute culprits expeditiously.

    Nigeria has to embrace the world of public/private partnerships, to increase the efficiency and accountability of our governance.

    The Standard would be to account for every single barrel pumped by every accredited oil company.

    The system should involve a design for one or a few central pipe lines that brings out the crude oil. This central trunk(s) should be buried in a concrete casing.

    The genius of this system would be demonstrated, in how the various oil fields are connected to the central trunk(s).
    Here, progress in the technology of slant drilling could provide some solutions to accessing the existing oil fields, with the least amount of surface piping.

    Let the federal government engage the right companies, and make this menace/embarrassment a thing of the past.

    • WachanGuy says:

      Oga Doziex I agree with this your solution. Simple and well thought out, something our leaders bewilderingly struggle to achieve. But that mention of “right companies” sha #PMCs #nocomment.

      • doziex says:

        Hehe he Oga WachanGuy, I say make I try other letters in the alphabet other than PMC, maybe I will be able to get my point across.

  4. Are James says:

    The whole problem is coming from the amendments to Nigerian Navy Act re-casted as part of the Nigerian Armed Forces Decree 105 and then lumped within then1999 constitution. Obviously coming from pressures mounted by the NN Admirals, the NN scope of functions was expanded to include internal security duties to support the oil and gas industry and economic inland water ways.

    This is a serious aberration. No littoral navy should be patrolling in country rivers. Sending ships to secure the gulf of guinea or sending a blue water vessel to Brazil and Australia calls for a different set of core competencies from chasing coutonou boats all over the onshore Niger Delta and there is no way a force of 15000 men can do both well enough at the same time.

    The doctrine of pure federalism that justifies state police should also allow for that state police to secure internal water ways. I think the present arrangement is ‘chop chop’ strategy at a high level.
    NIMASA and the Federal Inland Waterways people wanted to rise up in protest and start up their own security outfits some years back.. but for where?… who born monkey?.. they still have to operate to a large extent under the Navy’s direction.

    As for PMCs, we have local outfits (ex militants) doing rudimentary stuff akin to PMCs in the maritime arena. This may be the short term solution to mass security for onshore waterways and ND until we get our acts together and restructure the federation with the proper division of responsibilities.

  5. beegeagle says:


    Once upon a time in 2012, we stated the fact that the central governments of two developing countries with comparable but slightly larger demographic profiles namely, Pakistan and Bangladesh, actually operate budgets which are smaller than Nigeria’s. As such, they are undoubtedly more critically assailed by “competing demands”.

    Well, the Nigerian and Bangladeshi navies articulated 10-Year Strategic Acquisition Plans in 2009. For a much poorer government and country, check out their completion rate and compare that to Nigeria’s.

    Note how they are very intelligently mixing the acquisition of used ships (Type 53H2 frigates, ex-USCGC Hamilton class ships and ex-Royal Navy 83metre Castle-class OPVs etc) and new ones(two Type 056 corvettes, two 64 metre mini-corvettes and five 50 metre Padma class missile craft) while modernising older assets.

    Their new biggest ship, the ex-USCGC Chase (BNS Samudro Joy) is lined up to receive a potent infusion of C802 AShMs while her sister ship, our NNS Thunder, is set to remain a giant gunboat and a target for sea and air-launched attacks. We got ours first and the Bangladeshi plan is no mere plan. It shall be followed to the letter while Nigeria as always, timidly overstates her innocuous intentions to nobody in particular. We won’t get Harpoons but are too discordant to grab C802s because a national conference of know-nothings has to be convened first to ensure that no Western bootlickers are offended while our national interest is jeopardised further.

    We have two brand-new and enlarged Type 56-derived P18N OPVs coming in…no missiles guaranteed while the two USED ex-BRITISH Royal Navy 83 metre Castle class OPVs of the Bangladesh Navy already have been uparmed with a 76mm naval gun and CHINESE C704 SSMs. In Nigeria, we cry more than the bereaved…we try to be in too many good books all at once and end up looking stupid. Watch as Bangladesh mount CHINESE C802 SSMs on the AMERICAN-gifted Hamilton class ship.

    To be sure, the Bangladeshis have the good sense to acquire two ex-PLAN Type 53H2 frigates from China, a country with which Nigeria has US$36.1 bn worth of trade and contractual ties but are too timid to ask. Which country ever became great by trying to be goodie, goodie to all?

    Moving on, we have six 58 metre missile craft, two-thirds of which cannot be sailing and NONE can fire either EXOCET or Otomat missile. So why not get US$800,000-a-piece C803 AShMs onto same? Someone came with a story about difficulties with “retraining” crews. How is that? Have any fired a missile since the late 1980s? Retraining who – any who were commissioned officers in 1988 are at least Commodores? Do Commodores command 58 metre ships? Not even NNS Thunder! So what has retraining got to do with it? Hey, note that while we are dithering, Bangladesh have built two 64m LPCs (miniaturised Type 056 corvettes) in China and completed five 50 metre missile craft AT HOME – all armed with C704 AShMs. And they have two Type 056 corvettes+two Z-9C ASW helics on order to boot.

    Okay, their Type 021 and Type 024 patrol craft, comparable to our 31 metre Abeking+Rasmussen and 33 metre Brooke Marine patrol craft, have all been modernised and taken on C704 AShMs. How many of our eight 31-33m Abeking+Rasmussen/Brooke Marine patrol craft are sailing? Two? Three?

    So much for peer reviews. And Bangladesh have less than half the cash available to Nigeria, even as we have more complex security issues.

    READ..and weep for Nigeria

    Federal Republic of Competing Demands…there is always a story to justify the odious. Nonsense..where they have “competing demands” written into Economics textbooks, do they not also have “scale of preference” written next to it? What should be our highest national priority at this time?

  6. Spirit says:


    Why una dey talk like this? Are you not aware of the ‘paucity of funds’ that the FGN is facing? Are you not aware of ‘competing demands’? Where have you been since? ‘Scale of Preference’ (wrt security matters) has been expunged from Nigeria’s dictionary.

    Where on earth do you expect the largest economy in Africa (GDP of $505 Billion?) to get the $800,000 to acquire the C803 Eagle Strike, when we can spend such on golden iPhones? I bet any enemy that want to attack us from the sea will just die of fright at the sight of the almighty NNS Thunder and the ‘piston’ we have mounted on its deck!. All you need to do is to join you faith with NN chaplains, our enemies will perish ‘by fire and by thunder’.

    NNPC says Nigeria lost N1.72 Trillion to oil theft in 2013. Let me write it out fully. That is N1,720,000,000,000. Shell says its N1.92 Trillion ($12 Billion) and government has refused to prosecute and jail any of the thieves. A government that sits on top of such an ‘economic sieve’ has not deemed it fit to ‘plug’ the leakage by exchanging crude oil for naval platforms, rather its ordering capital ships piecemeal and arming a 3,350 tons Thunder with a silly ‘piston’.

    NN keeps arresting oil thieves in droves but the thieves are back on the sea within one week of arrest. Does that make sense? What will it cost our government to create a special court for economic crimes of this magnitude? ECONOMIC SABOTEURS ARE ROAMING THE STRRETS OF ABUJA/LAGOS/PH FREE, MEANWHILE PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF ANTI-GORVERNMENT ACTIVITIES ARE ARRESTED, TRIED AND SENTENSED SO FAST YOU SOMETIMES HEAR THE SONIC BOOM!

    Our minister of Petroleum resources was accused of having 3 jets and fueling just one of them with N10 Billion. She has neither appeared before the senate nor sent any representative, rather she’s rumored to have obtain a court injunction forbidding anybody from investigating her. Presidency says “DIEZANI WILL NOT BE PROBED!” Can you guess how much she spend on all three jets and think of what that can do for the Navy?

    Haba, my people, lets just admit it now; something is wrong with our DNA.

    • Are James says:

      Lesson!!!.Never let business men into government. The West continues to encourage it for us but having a ‘traders approach’ to governance is very wrong for a country like Nigeria. There is always that misplacement of priorities that lead to the current situation we have now -200 private jets and no single DEEP STRIKE combat aircraft in the NAF.
      The guys running Angola and Uganda seem to be a lot more smarter than ours.

      State security is the foundation of upon which you build economic growth and a glorified trader in government does not understand that. Think Kuwait before Saddam annexed it in less than six hours. Think Ukraine presently being cut into bits by Russia.

      What we have done since 1999 is merely build monetary structures that make the outflow/inflow of foreign money easy and we’ve been deceiving ourselves that the paper economy growth is sustainable real. The only result achieved is that foreign corporations can bring in the barest minimum of investment they need, cart off the largest profits they can and run shoe string operations locally. We will soon see that same trend in vehicle manufacturing (assembly). So Nigeria is becoming a supply chain cost reduction device in the hands of global companies and we will not improve employment or gain much tax revenue from increasing foreign investment.That fact will lead to increasing income disparities and more poverty, more poverty equals more Boko Haram.

      What our leaders don’t realize is that defence and security is always the first consideration in the business case of sustainable investment in a country. Let us do the experiment and assume the Chibok girls are not found in the next two weeks or after they are found something more dastardly happens, what you will see is an even more extreme case of what we have described above.
      Global corporations will thin down their operations further, engage in short term asset stripping and finally move to more stable economic climes in the region

      1. Increase defence spending to at least the international benchmark of 2.5% of GDP.
      2. The minister of finance likes benchmarking, so the case should be made to her that Nigeria is the worst performing MINT country in terms of defence expenditure.
      3. Ensure that defence capital expenditure comes with a high percentage of local value add through local manufacturing, maintenance and services, this will further give back to GDP.
      4. Re skill the armed forces. This is the easiest to achieve in Nigeria as we are amongst the most knowledge/sill acquisition loving countries in the world. It is a cultural thing, Nigerians love education and they have been known to evolve apprenticeship programs for auto mechanics, petty trading and even 419. Skills to concentrate on to wit; aeronautical, propulsion, electro optical, data processing, military computing, automotive power technology, automotive drive train technology, systems integration, radar technology, remote sensing etc.
      5. Implement and regularly upgrade national security architecture in terms of processes, standards, IT enablement, new technology and governance.

    • beegeagle says:

      LOL…nice one.

  7. beegeagle says:


    Details required, gentlemen.

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