Nigerian Air Force Demolishes Illegal Oil Refineries In The Niger Delta

Nigerian Air Force Demolishes Illegal Oil Refineries In The Niger Delta

By Ogala Osoka | Staff Reporter on October 5, 2016
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FILE: A man works at an illegal oil refinery site near river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa November 27, 2012. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has demolished illegal refineries in the Niger Delta region of the country.

According to a statement released by NAF in Abuja on Monday, October 3, 2016, the refineries and barges were first discovered by “NAF Diamond 42 aircraft while on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission in Bille Community.”

The statement described the exercise as part of NAF’s “concerted efforts to stop illegal bunkering and criminal activities in the Niger Delta region.”

Ayodele Famuyiwa, the spokesperson of NAF, said the operation was successful, adding that a similar exercise had been carried out earlier in the same location, The News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“These are clear signals to criminals operating in the South-South region as well as other parts of the country that it is no longer business as usual,” Group Captain Famuyiwa said.

According to NAN, the demolishing of illegal refineries by security agencies and their re-installation have become a norm in the Niger Delta.

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