The Nigerian Airforce-NAF says airstrikes by the air component of Operation Delta Safe has on December 23, destroyed 6 illegal oil refining sites in Opu Arugbana in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.
In a statement by Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet says 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.
According to the statement, despite the festive season, air operations against criminals in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country continued unabated.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar who spent the Christmas day with troops in the North-East, has since 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.