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Soldiers take over Arepo after bombardment

03 August 2016, 14:20

Ogun - Several soldiers, policemen and the men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have been deployed to Arepo after five days of intense aerial operations by the Nigerian Air Force, Punch reports.

Men of the Armed Forces and other security operatives smashed the defence of the militants.

Investigation revealed that the Special Boat Service of the Nigerian Navy led the ground assault against the vandals by 3pm on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the SBS operatives met little or no resistance as they fired their way into the heart of the vandals’ empire where several innocent security men were killed and buried.

It was gathered that while the naval commandos moved into the dreaded forest and destroyed the shanty settlement and thousands of jerry cans and other tools used for siphoning fuel, elements of the ongoing ‘Operation Awatse’ provided tight security on the land area.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar,  confirmed the commencement of the ground action against the vandals.

Also read: 19 militants held as NSCDC watches over Fatola, Arepo creeks

Over 21 militants were arrested by operatives from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) during an attack in the area according to News24.

The arrests form part of a continued security operation that has seen scores of militants placed in the hands of security officials.

Emma Okeh, PR Officer for the NSCDC, has claimed that the suspects are currently being held in centres run by the military and the Department of State Services.

“Apart from the 19 suspects that were arrested since Thursday when the operation against the militants started, we have apprehended 21 others, bringing the total number to 40,” Okeh was quoted as saying.

Also read: 19 militants held as NSCDC watches over Fatola, Arepo creeks

The suspects are set to appear in court soon, with Okeh stating that operatives from the Ondo State Police Service are doing all they can to rid the area of miscreants looking to create trouble.

- News 24

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