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Five Military Personnel Feared killed As Arepo Vandals Strike

Posted: Feb 6, 2016 at 7:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Suspected pipeline vandals struck afresh yesterday at Arepo,Ogun State.

No fewer than five military personnel were feared killed in the attack,coming about  four months after seven officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) were ambushed, killed and allegedly buried in shallow graves by vandals at Ishawo , Ikorodu in Lagos State.

The latest attack  occurred at Wawa area of Arepo, said to be the new den of the criminals who have recently come under  severe pressure  from the joint security Anti-Pipeline vandalism operation codenamed AWATSE.

Coordinated by the Defence Headquarters, operation AWATSE is made up of personnel from the Navy  (NN), Army (NA), Airforce  (NAF), Police, DSS and the Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

It was gathered that the criminals launched a reprisal against the security agents who dislodged them on Wednesday.

Security operatives had stormed the area in the wee hours of Wednesday following a tip off that vandals had caused a pipeline explosion while siphoning fuel.

It was gathered that the criminals who had loaded a tanker as well as dozens of  jerry cans , engaged the operatives in a gun duel but were  soon overpowered.

The  tanker and other stolen products allegedly caught fire, while some of the vandals who survived were said to have retreated.

But the criminals, it was gathered, regrouped on Thursday night, started a fire and while the military operatives headed towards that direction to know the cause of the inferno, they were ambushed and killed.

Three corpses were said to have  been retrieved last night  while two were still missing.