OPDS conducts airstrikes on two illegal refineries in Rivers


*Artisanal oil refineries bombed in Rivers state.

Mkpoikana Udoma

Port Harcourt — The Nigerian Airforce component of Operation Delta Safe, has destroyed two illegal oil refining sites in Krakama and Temakiri, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, in continuation of efforts to stamped out the activities of crude oil thieves and oil pipeline vandals.

Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, said the illegal oil refining sites were observed actively operaying with Cotonou boats sighted nearby with the probable intent to illegally siphon crude oil from the sites.

Gabkwet in a statement sighted by our correspondent in Port Harcourt assured that efforts to rid the Niger Delta region of the activities of oil thieves by the Nigerian Airforce and other security agencies remain on course and will continue until total success was achieved.

The statement reads in part, “Both locations are barely 50 km Southwest of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

“At both Krakrama and Temakiri, active illegal oil refining sites were observed with Cotonou Boats sighted nearby with the probable intent to illegally siphon crude oil from the sites.

“The two illegal sites, as well as the boats were subsequently struck, engulfed in flames and destroyed. The armed reconnaissance was also extended to Abisse and Omoma, but only abandoned illegal refining sites were observed.”



This article was originally posted at sweetcrudereports.com

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