Air Force strikes oil thieves in N’Delta, IPOB elements, terrorists in N’East
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft reportedly decimated criminal elements operating in various parts of the country, spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, has disclosed.
He said in the Niger Delta, the strikes targeted activities of oil thieves, a menace that has continued to affect the environment in the region and production output of the nation.
Gabkwet said: “As a follow up to previous air missions undertaken, NAF aircraft under Operation Delta Safe, on August 11, 2023, conducted air interdiction missions at an illegal refining site situated Southwest of Bille, a coastal town in Degema Local Council of Rivers State.
“Same day, air strikes were also extended to a well-known Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) camp in Orsumoghu, in Ihiala Local Council of Anambra State. Intelligence had revealed that IPOB elements in makeshift camps were sighted, preparatory to an impending attack on innocent citizens. The strike was subsequently carried out and deemed successful.
“Similar air strikes were also carried out the same day by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai at a location, about 1.5km East of Arra, a once-deserted terrorists’ hideout near Sambisa Forest.”
Gabkwet added: “Earlier reconnaissance had revealed terrorists massing at the location, which had hitherto been cleared of terrorists’ activities about six months ago. There were strong indications that these terrorists had fled from locations around Lake Chad after the areas came under intense bombardment by NAF aircraft.
“The location east of Arra was consequently attacked to decimate the terrorists and deprive them of settling at the place and using the same as a staging point.
“Footage of the aftermath revealed it was successful, as several terrorists were neutralised and structures destroyed, while few surviving terrorists were seen scampering away in disarray. At the end, their ability to attack friendly forces as well as innocent civilians was degraded.”
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