More than 30 illicit oil refining plants were destroyed in the last two months by the air component of Operation Delta Safe near Cawthorne Channel and Bille in the Degema Local Government Area of Rivers.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, said this on Sunday in Abuja.
Gabkwet claimed that the air strikes increased efforts to stop oil thieves and those who run illegal oil refineries from destroying the environment by bursting pipelines.
According to him, four active illegal refining facilities were destroyed by air strikes on Friday near Cawthorne Channel. These sites had dug-out reservoirs and surface storage tanks that were thought to house illegally processed products.
He claims that similar airstrikes destroyed three illegal oil refinery complexes complete with storage tanks and reservoirs on Saturday and early Sunday at Bille.
A Cotonou boat that was thought to be siphoning crude oil from a flow station was the target of multiple passes and ultimately destroyed at one of the sites. The majority of oil theft and illegal oil refining in Rivers State has occurred in Cawthorne Channel and Bille during the past two months.
approximately the course of this time period, the land, sea, and air components of Operation Delta Safe have destroyed approximately 30 illegal oil refinery plants in these two areas.
Until “oil thieves and their accomplices desist from their illegal activities,” the statement said, “these efforts will be sustained in these locations and others.”
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