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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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