Military onslaught against suspected vandals in Arepo area of Ogun State intensified on Saturday.
It was gathered the Nigerian Airforce has deployed jets for aerial surveillance.
The bombardment of creeks in Arepo and Ibafo areas to dislodge militants who have been terrorising Lagos and Ogun communities lately, according sources, will not cease until the vandals are completely dislodged.
Residents were asked to stay indoor on Saturday because of the heavy fireworks between the Military and the militants.
Airforce planes were captured flying above the communities in a desperate action to bring to an end the menace of oil thieves and militancy at Arepo that has lingered for so long.
Meanwhile, some residents of the communities have started selling off their lands and houses in fear of attacks by suspected Niger Delta militants in the areas.
Residents are said to be leaving the areas in droves.
On Friday, the Nigerian Navy had said it would not leave any stone upturn in its effort to rid Arepo community and its environs of pipelines vandals.
It had announced that it had successfully blocked all escape routes of the pipeline vandals in the Arepo area of Ogun State and Isawo, Ikorodu in Lagos State.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Fergusson Bobai said, “We the blocked escape routes toward Ogun State and we are going to sustain this operation and see, where it will lead us.
“The essence of having this blockade by land and water is that when they are running out, we will be able to grab them, profile and investigate them.”
Bobai, who confirmed that there was an ongoing operation at the Arepo area, said the directive for the operation came from the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin.
“The directive came from him, for us to carry out the operation in the Arepo area.
“This is with a view of dismantling the vandals who are scattered in Arepo, Ibafo and Ishawo areas of the state. Initially, we were directed not to use air power.
“But when we carried out an assessment of the area, a lot of the vandals moved from the areas accessible by water and land to areas that have difficult terrain into the swampy areas.
“We had to use the air power, which was granted by the CDS,” he said.
The FOC said the Navy collaborated with Lagos and Ogun governments since the operation was between both territories.
Bobai said other security agencies were participating, stressing that the navy had also employed the Special Boat Services alongside the Directorate of State Services.
He added that the Navy would not only arrest the vandals but would also get at their sponsors.