NO fewer than two naval officers and a boat operator were killed in a recent face-off between the joint security forces and pipeline vandals around Ishawo/Arepo area of Ikorodu, Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has been told.
Men of the Nigerian Army told Ambode yesterday that the incident occurred during Operation Awatshe where 15 suspected vandals were arrested and over 2,000 50-litre jerry cans seized and 36 vehicles impounded.
Meanwhile in Ibadan, Oyo State, three men were on Tuesday granted bail by the Federal High Court after being charged for alleged vandalism of pipelines.
Ambode who said that the state would no longer condone vandalism directed the Nigerian Army, Police and other security personnel to immediately intensify arrest of suspected vandals and cultists in the state.
Commanding Officer of 174 Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Julius Ogbebo had told Ambode during an inspection tour of Ishawo/Arepo on Tuesday, that the joint forces had recovered Little Palace Hotel, one of the locatons the vandals often used to commit their criminal activities in the area.