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NAF jet strikes illegal refineries in Rivers


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Following the commitment of President Bola Tinubu-led administration to fight the perennial issue of oil theft and pipeline vandals to a standstill, the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe, on 1 March 2024, destroyed illegal oil refining sites at Krakama and Temakiri in Degema local government area of Rivers State.

Both locations are barely 50 km Southwest of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

The successful operation was disclosed in a statement by the image maker of the Nigeria Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet.

He said, “At both Krakrama and Temakiri, active illegal oil refining sites were observed with Cotonou Boats sighted nearby with the probable intent to illegally siphon crude oil from the sites.

“The 2 Illegal sites, as well as the boats were subsequently struck, engulfed in flames and destroyed. The armed reconnaissance was also extended to Abisse and Omoma, but only abandoned illegal refining sites were observed.”

Gabkwet added that efforts to rid the Niger Delta region of the activities of oil thieves by the NAF and other security agencies remain on course and will continue until total success is achieved.


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