May 21, 2024

The Nigerian Air Force reported that in its effort to counter oil theft in the Niger Delta region, the air segment of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) destroyed boats carrying stolen crude oil. NAF spokesperson Edward Gabkwet stated that three boats engaged in tapping crude oil from a pipeline were targeted southeast of Bille and near Idama in Rivers state. Gabkwet added that an illegal refining site with tanks of suspected illegal refined products was also neutralized. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, ordered sustained airstrikes against such activities in collaboration with other security agencies.

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