End of the Road for Oil Thieves As Military Airstrike Bomb Boats with Stolen Crude Oil

Indeed, these are not the best of times for oil thieves and their accomplices in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria as the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) continue to strike at the heart of their activities.

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 air strikes, according to Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet became necessary after 3 boats were sighted tapping crude oil from a pipeline. Consequently, the boats were engaged and destroyed by the aircraft. 

Flying towards Port Harcourt, the crew also observed an active illegal refining site with tanks and reservoirs loaded with suspected illegal refined products, about 4 miles South-east of Idama in Rivers State. The site was subsequently attacked and destroyed.

While commending rroops, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Hasan noted declared that air strikes against these economic saboteurs will be sustained until they desist from their acts of thievery and economic sabotage. 

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