No fewer than 19 suspected militants were arrested over the weekend after the fighter NAF jets (Nigerian Air Force) destroyed four major camps of the suspected militants, who are said to be armed pipeline vandals at Arepo, Ogun State.
The suspected militants were nabbed on the fourth day of the sustained aerial attacks on the hoodlums in the area.
The Director of Information and Public Relations of the NAF, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, disclosed this on Sunday, stating that the NAF jets intensifed aerial operations during the day and the night dislodged the militants terrorizing riverside communities of Ogun and Lagos states.
“Nineteen militants were arrested around the Ishawo, Igbo Olomu and Elepete areas of Ikorodu on Saturday and Sunday. Some of them were caught after fleeing from the areas being bombarded while others were arrested based on information by residents. NSCDC officials from Ondo, Ogun and Oyo states are with us. We are about 150. The bombardment is still on.”
Famuyiwa also said the NAF was carrying out sustained operations against the vandals to prepare the stage for the ground troops to move in and get rid of the gunmen.
He added that the embattled militants were fleeing their fortress into the mangrove forest and were being monitored effectively by platforms deployed for the operation
Investigation revealed that the fighter pilots of the NAF jets had carried out successful strikes on the two major camps in the Fatola and Abuja and two other areas.
Security operatives which includes the Nigeria police, NSCDC, Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Army, are said to be mounting roadblocks at strategic places that could be used as escape routes by the militants.
The operation had created panic among residents in the areas. While some residents had fled their homes, others were forced to remain indoors, but the military had assured them of safety.