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NAF strikes illegal refining sites, boats during air raids in Rivers

“Another location Northwest of Omama was also struck as it was observed to be containing items suspected to contain stolen crude oil in objects tied in sacks.”

• November 29, 2023
Nigerian Air Force fighter jets used to illustrate the story.
Nigerian Air Force fighter jet used to illustrate the story.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the air component of Operation Delta Safe has destroyed several illegal refining sites and disrupted oil theft activities in air raids in Rivers.

This is contained in a statement by the director, public relations and information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Gabkwet said the air strikes against economic saboteurs and oil thieves had continued unabated in South-South.

He said that NAF aircraft had, on Tuesday, destroyed two Cotonou boats sighted at Arugbana near Okrika as well as an active Illegal Refining Site (IRS) with equipment and reservoirs loaded with illegal products at Yellow Island near Bonny Island, all in Rivers.

According to him, similar strikes were also conducted on Monday at a location Southeast of Abisse in the state.

“At the location, an active IRS was sighted concealed with reservoirs and a storage tank suspected to contain illegally refined products.

The reservoirs and storage tanks were then engaged and destroyed.

“Another location Northwest of Omama was also struck as it was observed to be containing items suspected to contain stolen crude oil in objects tied in sacks.

“Subsequent reconnaissance flights over Cawthorne Channel, Bille, Dariama, Okrika, Bonny Island and Idama revealed a retinue of destroyed and abandoned IRS, hitherto destroyed by the air component.

“These sites remain inactive, an indication that the measures being employed may be yielding the expected outcome.

“Either way, the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe will continue to carry out its assigned duties until the activities of these saboteurs are completely halted or reduced to the barest minimum,” he said.


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