"Days of Treating Criminal Elements with kids’ gloves is Over" - Air Chief

“The days of treating criminal elements in our country with kids’ gloves is over. We must continue on this trajectory until we bring all of them to their knees.” 

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, said this while commending the troops of Air Component of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) after destroying 3 boats were sighted tapping crude oil from a pipeline. Consequently, the boats were engaged and destroyed by the aircraft 3 boats, sighted by troops while tapping crude oil from a pipeline. 

According to Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the boats were engaged and destroyed by the aircraft. 

One of such operations occurred on Saturday 5 August 2023 at about 4 Nautical Miles South-East of Bille, a riverine area located west of Bonny Island and South of Port Harcourt, in Rivers State.

The Chief of Air Staff had earlier directed all air component commanders nationwide to ensure they team up with other security agencies as they sustain air strikes on all criminal elements in the country. 

He said, air strikes against these economic saboteurs will be sustained until they desist from their acts of thievery and economic sabotage. 

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