One Abiodun Amos, 43, aka Senti, an indigene of Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, has been arrested by the Police for allegedly planning to blow up Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
PUNCH reports that the suspect was arrested at Majidun, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
According to a Police source:
The suspect is a member of a militant group operating from the creeks of Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states. The police got an intelligence report from the Office of the National Security Adviser that Amos and his gang members wanted to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge.
After receiving the report, the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, directed the IRT operatives to commence a full-scale investigation and it was discovered that the group actually planned to blow up the bridge at the end of November 2016. The suspect, who coordinated the plan, was arrested before the scheduled date.
The group was trailed to a river bank in the Majidun area, where the suspect, an expert in explosive, was arrested. Two Ak-47 rifles hidden in a Ghana-Must-Go bag were found in his possession and he led operatives to a vehicle parked discreetly within Ikorodu, and a large cache of dynamite and detonators were recovered from its boot.
Amos said that his gang went into kidnapping after military operations in the creeks around Lagos and Ogun states. He said that the plan to bomb Third Mainland Bridge was initiated by the gang head, General Ossy.
“We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government’s attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and offer us pipeline protection contract. We have made several appeals, but the government is not listening to us.
General Ossy said if we didn’t blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, government would not listen to us. We had concluded plans and we decided to carry out the attack by November ending. I am the group’s explosive expert. We were about going into the creek to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack when I was arrested,” Amos said.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, confirmed the report.
“An arrest was made of an individual. While the police operatives were pursuing another one in a vehicle, he abandoned the vehicle and ran but he was tracked down. Some explosives were discovered in the vehicle and two Ak-47 guns were recovered from him,” Awunah said.