Air Force destroys two illegal oil barges in Niger Delta

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has destroyed two illegal barges laden with stolen petroleum products in the Niger Delta.

A statement from Air Force spokesman Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the barges were set ablaze by NAF helicopter around Opu-Bille, Yellow Island and Bille area of Rivers State.

He recalled that the NAF, in the past two weeks, has destroyed a number of illegal refineries and oil barges in River State.

He said the latest operations, like the previous ones, are clear pointers to the fact that it is no longer profitable to steal crude oil in Nigeria and increasingly difficult for anybody or group of persons to divert our commonwealth for selfish interest.

He added that the NAF will therefore continue its operations to rid the creeks of criminal elements to make the region safe for genuine economic activities.

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