The Nigerian military, yesterday, dispelled rumours that innocent persons may have been hit by the air campaign being carried out against pipeline vandals at the Ishawo, Igando and Igbolomu areas of Ikorodu in Lagos, and the Arepo, Awawa, Elepete and Ibafo areas of Ogun State.
Abubakar, who noted that the military is yet to ascertain casualty figures, urged people to desist from tagging the criminals as members of any particular ethnic group. “We are not carrying out military attack on the Ijaw. We are carrying out the operation against criminals. We don’t tag them. Militants are militants. We don’t want to know if they are Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba. Our war is against pipeline vandals and oil thieves,” he said.
The campaign tagged: Operation Awatse, by the military Joint Task Force had at midnight Thursday launched an aerial bombardment of the vandal’s enclaves and hideouts.
The military deployed fighter jets, attack helicopters and Alpha jets in what was also a show of force. The Gaurdian