Oil Theft: Air strikes destroy 7 illegal refining sites in Rivers


By: Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja.

Air strikes conducted by the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe to deny oil thieves and operators of illegal oil refining sites have destroyed 7 illegal refining sites in Rivers State over the weekend.

Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the strikes were conducted on Cawthorne Channel and Bille, both located in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State adding, “it proved successful as 7 illegal refining sites were identified and destroyed.

It also denied the oil thieves opportunity of siphoning burst pipelines, operate their illegal oil refineries sites while damaging the environment.

Air Commodore Gabkwet said, “In Cawthorne Channel, 4 active illegal refining sites with dug out reservoirs and surface storage tanks suspected to be containing illegal refined products were sighted on 15 September 2023.

“Subsequently, the sites were destroyed. Similar air strikes were also conducted…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper