The military over the weekend made giant strides in their ongoing efforts to rid South West of suspected militants attacking Lagos and Ogun State communities.
The ground troops who moved into the creeks after the Nigerian Air Force bombed the camps destroyed about ninety-seven enclaves of the militants and recovered three laptops, expended magazines, an AK47 rifle and police and military uniforms.
It was gathered that pictures and a register containing names of suspected militants were also recovered.
A source close to the operation, who didn’t want to be quoted because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said stench of decomposing bodies filled some of the camps, although no bodies were found. He described this as an indication that many of the militants might have been killed from the air strikes, noting that the fleeing militants might have taken the bodies of their men.
“The recovered items will aid the investigation by the DSS and enable them to go after and apprehend the suspects,” said the source who added that the recovery of the pictures and names of the suspects in a register; shows that they are organised and that they usually signed in and out.
“In one of the registers there are about 450 names on it.
He added that “the police and army uniforms found had no names on them. We saw a lot of personal effects and I can tell you that the militants suffered casualties because of the stench coming out of the camps.”
it was also learnt that the profiling of the arrested 11 suspects is ongoing. One of the revelations is that four of them have been identified as Ilaje, a development that corroborates claims from certain quarters that the gunmen were not from any particular ethnic group.