Lagos - The Nigerian Police may have thwarted an attempt by a Niger Delta Militant group, operating from the creeks of Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun States, to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
The group according to Vanguard had planned to bomb the bridge end of last month before Amos’ arrest by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, frustrated its efforts.
A top kingpin of the dreaded group who was identified as Abiodun Amos, was arrested by the IRT who trailed him to a river bank at the Majidu area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
The head of the group, who is also known as Senti, is alleged to be a native of Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State.
Ak47 rifles, hidden in a ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bag, were found in the possession of the suspect at the time of his arrest.
Senti, said his group was hitherto involved in pipeline vandalism, noting that it resorted to kidnapping when it became difficult for its members to continue with the illegal business due to the presence of the military and policemen.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, has confirmed the arrest and seizure of the explosives, saying investigation was ongoing, reports Punch.
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.”
- News 24