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NAF destroys six illegal oil refining sites in Rivers State



NAF destroys six illegal oil refining sites in Rivers State

In a decisive move to combat illegal oil refining activities, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced that the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe successfully destroyed six illegal oil refining sites in Opu Arugbana, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The air strikes, conducted on December 23, are part of ongoing efforts to eradicate the activities of oil thieves and oil pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region.

Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, released a statement on Tuesday in Abuja detailing the successful operation.


The illegal refining sites were identified clustered within a radius of about 80 meters at a location approximately 6 nautical miles south of Opu Arugbana. After confirming the sites’ activity, authorization was obtained to proceed with the destruction, aiming to deter criminals from continuing their illegal activities.

The statement emphasized the commitment of the Nigerian Air Force to maintaining operational momentum, even during the festive season, in its pursuit of law enforcement against criminal activities in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.


Air Commodore Gabkwet quoted the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, commending the efforts of the Air Component Commanders across various theaters of operation.

Air Marshal Abubakar, who spent Christmas day with troops in the Northeast and is currently in Katsina to celebrate with troops, urged them not to rest until criminal activities are reduced to the barest minimum.


The statement underscores the dedication of the Nigerian Air Force in ensuring the safety and security of the nation, particularly in regions affected by illegal oil-related activities.

The destruction of the illegal oil refining sites signifies a strategic move to disrupt the operations of criminals engaged in illicit activities that pose environmental hazards and economic losses.


The Nigerian Air Force’s swift and decisive action aligns with broader efforts to curb illegal oil activities and protect the nation’s resources.

As the Chief of Air Staff commends the Air Component Commanders, the statement reflects the collaborative efforts and operational effectiveness of the military in tackling criminal elements.


The commitment to maintaining pressure on criminal activities during the festive season underscores the importance of continuous vigilance and enforcement to safeguard national interests.

In conclusion, the Nigerian Air Force’s successful operation in destroying six illegal oil refining sites in Rivers State showcases its commitment to eradicating criminal activities in the Niger Delta region.


The strategic move is part of ongoing efforts to curb illegal oil-related activities, protect the environment, and ensure the nation’s economic resources are safeguarded.


The dedication of the Chief of Air Staff and the ongoing operational efforts of the military demonstrate a resolute commitment to maintaining security and stability in critical regions of the country.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft



The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.



The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.




Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.



Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.




In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.




He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.



Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna



Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.


A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.


The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.


Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.


In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members



The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.



The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).



Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.



Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.



He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.




Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.



Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.



Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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