The NAF went after illegal refineries in Rivers State, and bombed boats and materials used to steal the country’s oil.

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There is an unimaginable amount of oil theft happening in Nigeria, especially in the southern part of the oil-rich nation.

But the Nigerian Air Force is joining other forces to battle the activities of the thieves, destroying their illegal refineries.


Recently in Rivers State, 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.

This is contained in a statement by the spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Wednesday in Abuja.


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

According to him, NAF aircraft had on Tuesday, destroyed two Cotonou boats sighted at Arugbana near Okrika as well as an active Illegal Refining Site, IRS.

The destroyed sites had 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.


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


Measures Yeilding Results 

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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