Nigerian airforce destroys over 30 illegal oil sites in last 2 months

The Nigerian Air Force, working as part of Operation Delta Safe, has in the last two months, destroyed over 30 illegal oil refining sites through air strikes around Cawthorne Channel and Bille, in Degema Local Government Area of River state.

The spokesperson for the Air Force, Edward Gabkwet, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Mr Gabkwet, an air commodore, said the air strikes ramped up efforts at denying oil thieves and operators of illegal oil refining sites the opportunity to burst oil pipelines.

He said the air strikes conducted at Cawthorne Channel, on Friday, destroyed four active illegal refining sites with dug-out reservoirs and surface storage tanks suspected to contain illegal refined products.

According to him, similar air strikes were also conducted at Bille on Saturday and early hours of Sunday which destroyed three illegal oil refining sites with storage tanks and reservoirs.

“In one of the sites, a Cotonou boat suspected to be siphoning crude oil from a flow station was engaged in several passes and destroyed.

“In the last two months, Cawthorne Channel and Bille have accounted for the majority of oil theft and illegal oil refining activities in Rivers State.

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