Some vandals allegedly responsible for attacks
on communities in Lagos and Ogun states are escaping in large numbers to
riverine communities in the Ilaje and Ese-Odo local government areas of Ondo
State.

Checks revealed on  Monday showed that the insurgents, who escaped
the intensified aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force of their camps at
Arepo, Ogun, and Ikorodu, Lagos, had been sighted in Ore, Okitipupa and the
riverine communities of  Ondo State.

A top security source told  urban express reporter that security reports
showed that some of the militants had sneaked into the Ondo riverine
communities.

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

It was further gathered that some
of them were still trapped in Arepo and other communities in Lagos and were
making frantic moves to flee.

A source in Ese-Odo said since the
military started the bombardment of the militants’ camps on Friday, many of
them had fled and regrouped in Ondo State. “We have sighted them in some
communities here. It seems Arepo is too hot for them.”

 A resident of Ajagba in the Irele Local
Government Area of the state, who identified himself simply as ololade, said
there were strange faces in the local government, adding that it was difficult
to identify whether they were fleeing militants or not.’’

She said, “Many people from Niger
Delta states are living with us. Some of them do have visitors staying with
them, so there is no way we can know if the new faces are the fleeing militants
or not. “

Another resident of the state,
olushola, who lives in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area, said the high
population made it possible for the militants to run to the commercial town and
hide there.

“Ore is a commercial town with
people from various tribes here. It is possible for strange people to come and
hide here,’’ he said

Source in the Nigeria Air force
told urban express news “That the militants 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.”

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