The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) unleashed airstrikes on Wednesday during an Operation, obliterating four illegal refining sites (IRS) and two Cotonou boats at Arugbana near Okrika in Rivers State. The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Cdre Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the successful mission, emphasizing the NAF’s commitment to Operation Delta Safe.
The airstrikes also targeted an active Illegal Refining Site (IRS) at Yellow Island near Bonny Island, resulting in the destruction of equipment and reservoirs loaded with illegal products. This operation serves as a stern warning to those involved in illicit activities within the region, according to Leadership.
On November 27, 2023, the NAF conducted similar strikes southeast of Abisse in Rivers State. The aircraft identified an active IRS concealed with reservoirs and a storage tank suspected of containing illegally refined products. The swift response led to the engagement and destruction of these illegal facilities.
Further operations unfolded northwest of Omama, where an area containing items suspected to be stolen crude oil in objects tied in sacks was targeted. The Nigerian Air Force remains resolute in tackling criminal activities associated with the illegal refining of oil, reinforcing its dedication to maintaining security and order in the region.
Subsequent reconnaissance flights conducted over various locations, including Cawthorne Channel, Bille, Dariama, Okrika, Bonny Island, and Idama, revealed the aftermath of destroyed and abandoned IRS. The persistence of these operations has rendered these sites inactive, signifying a positive outcome from the measures implemented by the Air Component.
The Director reiterated that the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe will persist in executing its assigned duties until the activities of saboteurs are completely halted or reduced to the barest minimum. The resolute actions of the Nigerian Air Force underscore the government’s commitment to eradicating illegal refining activities and ensuring the security of the nation’s resources.