The Nigerian Military on the 28th of July, commenced the aerial bombardment of Fatola, the hideout of militants and pipeline vandals in the Arepo area of Ogun State. According to reports, the air raid against all criminal gangs in the South West, both militants and vandals, saw fighter jets fire missiles at the Iroko creeks, leaving no fewer than 100 suspected militants dead and their camps/shanties destroyed.
In a statement released today, the Nigeria Air Force revealed that although the vandals have been displaced, operations will still be intensified to neutralize their criminal activities
"There are strong indications based on analysis of the enclosed footage on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), as well as Strike and, Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) missions undertaken by NAF aircraft that the vandals have been sufficiently displaced from their current locations at AREPO while their criminal activities have also been heavily disrupted. The Air Force will intensify its ongoing air operations to neutralise the remnants of the vandals who might have relocated deep inside the Mangrove Forest. NAF is at present operating in 4 zones across the country to tackle various forms of internal security challenges. They include insurgency in the North East; cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery in the North West; militancy in the South-South; and pipeline vandalism in the South West."