How Police Foiled Militants Plans To Bomb 3rd Mainland Bridge In Lagos. Photos
Posted On 31/12/2016
Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Team have foiled attempts by suspected Niger Delta militants to bomb the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge . A top commander of the group, who also served as its explosive expert, Abiodun Amos, an Ijaw man from Ese Odo Local Government area of Onto State, has also been arrested by the police .
The arrest of the suspect was said to be a follow up investigation after the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) had hinted the Inspector General of Police of a plan to bomb the Lagos bridge. The arrested suspect and other members of his gang, who are still at large, were said to be operating from the creeks in Arepo and Ibafo areas of Ogun State and Ikorodu area of Lagos State. It was gathered that the suspect was trailed to Majidun river in Ikorodu by the IRT team, who recovered two AK 47 riffles, which were carefully tucked in a Ghana-Must-Go bag from him. The suspect also led the IGP IRT members to another part of Ikorodu, where explosives were recovered from the boot of a vehicle. It was gathered that the IGP had, on receiving the hint to bomb the bridge, ordered the IRT, head by Abba Kyari, an assistant commissioner of police to commence investigations into the activities of the militants. Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the gang was actually planning to bomb the bridge at the end of November and that the dynamites and other explosives for the job had been acquired. The leader of the hang, General Ossy, who was sai d to have coordinated high profile bank robberies and kidnapping cases, including the Barbington Marcaukay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu had threatened the Federal Government. General Ossy, whose gang was also said to be responsible for the abduction of the Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni and the four landlords in Isheri area of Lagos State boasted that he had about eight thousand boys to battle the Nigeria military. It was gathered that Amos’ arrest was sequel to an earlier arrest of a member of the gang, who gave them information on his movement. The 43-year-old suspect confessed to the police that: “We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and also offer us pipeline protection contract.” He also adde that: “We have made several appeals and the government is not listening to us.” General Ossy said “if we don’t blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, government won’t 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 and before I was arrested we were going into the creek to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack.”