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Nigerian Air Force thwarts terrorists, frees rustled cattle in Niger State

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In a series of coordinated air strikes, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) successfully intercepted a group of terrorists in Niger State, recovering cattle rustled by the criminals, and dismantling several illegal oil refining sites in Rivers State.

Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, announced the operations in a statement on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, NAF targeted terrorists stationed at Dandunu after they had rustled cattle from communities along the Kuchi-Kapana axis in the Munya Local Government Area. The terrorists, travelling on nine motorcycles with the stolen cattle, were struck by NAF aircraft in multiple passes, resulting in the elimination of most of the criminals.

Gabkwet reported positive feedback from locals who were able to recover the rustled cattle and return to their daily activities. The NAF’s efforts extend beyond combating terrorists; they are also addressing the sophisticated activities of oil thieves and economic saboteurs in the Niger Delta region.

Using advanced technology and strategic operations, NAF identified and destroyed three illegal refining sites concealed under thick mangrove vegetation in Willcourt, a riverine settlement in the Niger Delta. Additionally, four boats carrying suspected illegally refined products were destroyed, and a speedboat with five suspected oil thieves was apprehended by ground troops after a high-speed chase.

Gabkwet emphasised that the NAF, along with other security agencies, has enhanced its capabilities to detect and deter the activities of oil thieves and economic saboteurs, ensuring the protection of Nigeria’s economic resources.

This series of successful operations underscores the NAF’s commitment to maintaining national security and economic stability in the face of growing threats from terrorists and criminal enterprises.

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