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  • Nigeria: House approves maritime security establishment March 17, 2010 (Ed: extracted) The House of Representatives is pushing ahead with the creation of a separate armed organisation to combat lawlessness in Nigerias maritime sector, with the adoption of its committees recommendations to establish the Maritime Security Agency (MASECA). During a public hearing on the bill in January the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), opposed the establishment of the body, saying it will duplicate their functions of regulating activities in the nations coasts. The Navy argued that the creation of such a body will retard the development of the force since the new body will be competing for scarce resources from government. It said its constitutional policing functions will be breached by the body which, according to the Navy, would not have the capacity and training to function properly. The Agency would surpass the Nigerian Navy as the dominant force in Nigerias maritime domain, the force said in its presentation during the hearing in January. Simply put, the Maritime Security Agency would be a coast guard more powerful than the NN but without qualified personnel and assets in the first five years. The committee said the new body will deal more with intelligence gathering and has already in its inventory, Radars, Unmanned Air Vehicles and Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Lawmakers on Tuesday adopted most of the recommendations of the House committee headed by Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi which include a provision that the head of the organisation will report to the President, through the National Security Adviser. The Agency, to be headquartered in Abuja, will be funded by the government and from additional maritime levies, and would have more security instruments that will enable it fight piracy more than the existing (NIMASA), the bill said. http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/News/5541712-147/house_approves_maritime_security_establishment.csp

    Reports from 7-17 March 2010

    Africa: 1 Nigeria: House approves maritime

    security establishment 2. Nigeria: Jonathan sacks National Security

    Adviser 2. Nigeria extradites Al-Qaeda suspect 3. Botswana: DIS a success - Seretse Europe: 4. Britain: Intelligence and Security

    Committee publishes 2 annual reports 7. Nokia accused of selling spy equipment

    to Iran 7. Bulgaria: Defence Minister: Govt, not

    president should control intelligence 8. Germany: Platzecks Brandenburg

    chancellery infiltrated by Russian spies US 9. Pentagon to investigate intelligence unit

    that allegedly used contractors 10. Obama, Hill wage intel turf battle Australia 11. ASIO feels the strain as raw recruits take

    key jobs Asia 12. India needs real-time decision-support

    system to track terror 13. India to create money-laundering

    database Middle East 14. Irans cyber-police hack US spy sites 15.Irans spies show how its done People 16. Israel spymaster and Mossad founding

    father David Kimche dies at 82 17. US: Obamas TSA nominee an

    intelligence expert 17. Pakistan: Head of spy agency gets term

    extended History Noteworthy Books

    SA Intelligencer Number 72 18 March 2010

    Initiator: Johan Mostert

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    Editor: Dalene Duvenage Click on hyperlinks to open documents [email protected]

    Nigeria: Jonathan sacks National Security Adviser By Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja, 9 Mar 2010 (Ed: extracted) Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday sacked the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Sarki Mukhtar (rtd), and replaced him with Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd), who held the same position during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. Mukhtars removal followed a meeting of the National Security Council over the renewed violence in Jos, Plateau State. The short statement, which was titled Gusau replaces Mukhtar as National Security Adviser, reads, The Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has appointed Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd) as National Security Adviser. He replaces Maj.-Gen. Sarki Mukhtar (rtd). Our correspondent gathered from a reliable source in the Presidency that Mukhtars removal was one of the measures being taken to stabilise the security situation in the country. It was gathered that Jonathan felt that the reoccurrence of the crisis in Jos, as well as recent security challenges in several parts of the country, suggested that the NSA was not on the top of his job, hence the need for a change. The source added that reports available to the Acting President also indicated that there were serious lapses on the part of the security agencies.

    The Acting President did not mince words in informing them (security chiefs) that they must perform or resign, or lose their jobs; he made it clear that the administration would not joke with the security of the lives and property of Nigerians in any part of the country. Also, it was gathered that recent reports linking Mukhtar to underground moves to replace YarAdua in 2011, or even become vice-president in case Jonathan emerges

    substantive President, did not help his cause. Feelers in the Presidency indicate that Gusau is highly regarded in the government, and is seen as a stabilising force, especially in the manner he carried out the same assignment for Obasanjo. A source informed our correspondent that Jonathan wondered how the roving band of killers, believed to be behind the attacks, were able to plan and carry out the attacks

    without attracting the attention of security agencies, who were supposed to be carrying out serious surveillance activities in the town. The security chiefs were also directed to investigate and find out how their officers in Jos were unable to get wind of the latest attacks, despite their surveillance activities.

    http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art201003093485678

    Nigeria extradites Al-Qaeda suspect Cover Stories Mar 9, 2010 (Ed: extracted)

    ABUJA A TERRORIST suspected to belong to the Al-Qaeda network, Ibrahim Haman Ahmed, who was extradited to the United States of America by Nigerian government officials had been on the wanted list of the United States Central Intelligence Agency for more than two

    years, security and diplomatic sources in Abuja told Vanguard, yesterday.

    The man who was allegedly trained by Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and working for the Al-Shabaab group in Somalia, was said to be the most senior figure of the terrorist organization in Nigeria. He was said to be trying to recruit young Nigerian Muslims to join the terrorist organization.

    Interim Pres Jonathan

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    Editor: Dalene Duvenage Click on hyperlinks to open documents [email protected]

    Ahmeds arrest and extradition to the United States was, however, said to be connected to his role in fighting the government of Somalia where he was said to have spent eight months. He was extradited from Nigeria to the United States through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Before then, he was said to have hidden somewhere in Sokoto and moving around the north western states of

    Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Zamfara states where he was said to have been targeting western educated youths for recruitment.

    The arrest of the terror suspect who is suspected to be from Eritrea has, however, heightened American concerns about Nigeria which is seen as an emerging haven for Muslim terrorists around the world.

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2010/03/09/nigeria-extradites-al-qaeda-suspect/

    Botswana: DIS a Success - Seretse 11 March 2010

    Justice and Security Minister, Ramadeluka Seretse on Tuesday said that since its establishment two years ago, the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) has successfully delivered on its mandate of ensuring the nation's security and providing information to decision makers.

    Seretse made these comments during his request of P3.2billion total budget for the financial year 2010/11. The ministry covers the department of Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Botswana Police Service (BPS) Prisons and Rehabilitation, and Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC).

    "The DIS has uncovered some networks operating in Botswana thus threatening our national interests. Such groupings were involved in the areas of terrorist related activities, fraud and money laundering, drug trafficking and distribution, human smuggling and trafficking, white collar crime and official corruption, weapons smuggling and distribution, illicit diamond dealings and corporate tax evasion to mention but a few," the minister said.

    He said that some suspects have been arrested, prosecuted and convicted, saving the government millions of Pula. He said that

    commercial banks are targets for fraudsters while schools are in danger of drug dealers. "The other area of concern has been the unauthorized distribution of generic pharmaceutical drugs by some local pharmacies acting in concert with some medical practitioners to fleece unsuspecting patients," he said.

    He said that it is necessary for the DIS to acquire necessary infrastructure for its operations. "It should be noted that acquisition of offices, residential houses, security equipment and the building of communication infrastructure, takes a bigger share of the DIS budget during this financial year," said the minister.

    The minister further revealed that government h

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