The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday announced that it has destroyed six illegal oil refining sites in the Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The illegal sites according to a statement by Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, were clustered within an approximately 80-meter radius, situated approximately 6 nautical miles south of Opu Arugbana.

Gabkwet explained that the operation which took place on December 23, 2023, was carried out by the air component of Operation Delta Safe, in continued efforts to rid the Niger Delta Region of activities of oil thieves and oil pipeline vandals.

The statement partly read: “The illegal sites were sighted clustered within a radius of about 80 metres at a location about 6 nautical miles south of Opu Arugbana.

“Having been confirmed to be active, authorization was obtained to destroy the 6 sites, thus discouraging the criminals from continuing with their acts of illegality.

“Despite the festive season, air operations in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country continue unabated.

“The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, who spent the Christmas day with troops in the North-East and currently in Katsina State to fete troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, has commended the efforts of the Air Component Commanders in all the theatres of operation while calling on them not to rest until criminal activities are reduced to the barest minimum.”