Nigerian Air Force Confirms Air Raid On Oil Thieves

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Abuja - August 28 - (Mediaage NG News) – The Nigerian Air Force said it destroyed illegal sites in oil-rich Rivers state on Sunday and also targeted a boat that was loaded with crude oil and headed for the open waters. It coincides with a visit of Defence and Oil Chiefs to Rivers state, where National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu said the country was losing 400,000 barrels of crude daily to thieves.

The Nigerian government has been cracking down on oil thieves in the Niger Delta, burning crude-laden ships and small illegal refineries, but aerial bombardments are rare.

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Most of the illegal oil refineries tend to be located in the creeks away from communities but, environmentalists have condemned the continual burning of the refineries. Illegal crude vessels that have been seized in the past by a private security contractor have also been burned by authorities, with the crude intact.

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