03 October 2016, Abuja –- As part of the ongoing war on illegal bunkering and the operation of illegal refineries in several parts of the Niger Delta, the Nigerian Airforce on Sunday deployed its helicopter gunship to bomb large barges loaded with siphoned crude oil as well as illegal refinery sites in Rivers State.
Disclosing this in Abuja, Monday, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, Director of Airforce Public Relations said, “In its concerted effort to stop illegal bunkering and criminal activities in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Sunday destroyed illegal oil refineries and barges filled with petroleum products.
“The refineries and barges were sighted by NAF Diamond 42 aircraft on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in Bille Community of Rivers State.
“Thereafter, one Mi-24V helicopter gunship was called in for an attack. The operation was a success as can be shown in enclosed photographs of the illegal refineries and barges on fire. “A similar operation was carried out with remarkable success about 2 days ago in the same location. “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.”
*Kingsley Omonobi – Vanguard