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Air strikes destroy over 30 illegal refineries in Rivers

Air strikes from the air component of Operation Delta Safe have destroyed no fewer than 30 active illegal oil refining sites in Cawthorne Channel and Bille, in the Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Also, storage tanks, reservoirs, and Cotonou boats suspected to be siphoning crude oil from a flow station were destroyed in the operations.

The Air Force Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement on Sunday that over 30 illegal refining sites had been destroyed in the areas of Bille and Caawthorne in the last two months.

“In the last 2 months, Cawthorne Channel and Bille have accounted for the majority of oil theft and illegal oil refining activities in Rivers State. Within this period, over 30 illegal oil refining sites in these 2 locations have been destroyed by the land, maritime, and air components of Operation Delta Safe.”

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