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Military operatives, over the weekend, continued a mop-up exercise in the creeks of Lagos and Ogun state, recovering a register of 450 militants, weapons and computer gadgets used by the militants.

The Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force have jointly carried out raids in the area in the past two weeks to flush out militants carrying out attacks on some communities in the axis.

According to the Nation, ground forces which moved into the creeks after the Air Force bombardments, recovered pictures and a register containing names of 450 militants.

The ground forces were said to have also destroyed about 97 camps in the enclave during the clearance operation.

A military source speaking on the condition of anonymity said the stench of decomposing bodies filled some of the camps, although no bodies were found.

He described the stench 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.

Other items recovered from the camps include three laptops, expended magazines, an AK47 rifle as well as police and military uniforms.

The recovered items will aid the investigation by the DSS and enable them to go after and apprehend the suspects,” said the source.

He added that the recovery of the pictures and names of the suspects in a register showed that the militants were organised and usually signed in and out.

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 army had begun the profiling of suspected militants earlier arrested. One of the revelations is that four of the 11 militants so far profiled have been identified as Ilaje, an ethnic minority group predominantly found in Ondo state.

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