File Photo; Police arrest suspect

File Photo; Police arrest suspect

Police Arrest Leader Of Militant Group Planning To Bomb 3rd Mainland Bridge

A leader of  a notorious militant group operating in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, Abiodun Amos, (aka Senti) said yesterday, that his group planned to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge (Lagos) in November because the Federal Government failed to consider its members for amnesty.

Amos was arrested by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, before the dastardly act was executed.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, confirmed the arrest and seizure of the explosives, saying investigation was ongoing.

He said, “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.”

In his confessional statement, Amos stated that “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 also offer us pipeline protection contract.

‘’We have made several appeals but government is not listening to us. ‘’General” Ossy (leader of the gang) said if we don’t blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, government will not listen to us. We had concluded plans to carry out the attack by November ending. I am the group’s explosives expert and before I was arrested we were going into the creeks to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack when I was arrested.”

Amos, 43, is a native of  Arogbo, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State. He was arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, at a river bank in Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos, on Monday.

Amos’ arrest, it was gathered, followed intelligence generated by office of the National Security Adviser to the President, NSA, on November 2, 2016, that the group had concluded plans to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge. The information was passed on to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, who subsequently directed his IRT to commence investigation into the matter. During investigation by the team, it was revealed that the militants had acquired a large quantity of dynamite and several other explosives with which to carry out the dastardly act.

The group in October 2016  carried out violent operations like pipeline vandalism, bank robberies, including the various kidnappings of students at Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu, four landlords at Isheri North Area of Lagos; abduction of  Oniba of Ibaland, Oba Goriola Oseni, and so on, threatening to disrupt economic activities within Lagos and Ogun states if the Federal Government didn’t grant their request for amnesty.

General’ Ossy had  boasted in an interview earlier this year that his group has over 21 ‘generals’ commanding 7,800 battle-ready boys, adding that the group is rich enough to fight the Federal Government, having acquired thousands of arms and ammunition similar to that of the military.

Some members of the gang earlier arrested gave detectives information that led to Amos’ arrest, adding that the police were on the trail of other members of the gang.

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