Dislodged Arepo militants fleeing to riverine areas in Ondo state

The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, on Monday said vandals in Arepo creeks were seen together on Sunday, trying to perfect an escape plan.

Famuyiwa said cameras on NAF’s platforms that were used for night operations picked some of the insurgents having meetings.

He said the ongoing aerial operation against the vandals would continue until they were flushed out of the Ogun and Lagos areas completely.

“They are almost out of Arepo, an area where they had consolidated their position. Maybe, it is so strategic to them because even in the night, they tried to come back; when we did night flying, the cameras still picked them.

“We see them coming together as if they wanted to hold meetings, maybe to run away during the day.

“Some of them tried to run into the mangrove. You know that place is very thick and that is why our operation is going to continue until we flush them out completely.”

However, there are reports that some of the suspected militants have started escaping the creek into some riverine communities in Ondo.

According to Punch, a top security source revealed that some of the militants have been sighted in Ore, Okitipupa and other riverine areas of the State.

He said, “Arepo can no longer contain them. Some of them have run to Ondo to hide in the riverine areas.”

A source in Ese-Odo LG, Ondo state said since the military started the bombardment of the militants’ camps on Friday, many of them had fled and regrouped in Ondo State.

The source said, “We have sighted them in some communities here. It seems Arepo is too hot for them.”

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