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Police foil suspected militants’ plan to bomb Third Mainland Bridge
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Police foil suspected militants’ plan to bomb Third Mainland Bridge

Mfonobong Akpan

The police have averted what could have been a terrible disaster, as a suspected militant and member of a notorious gang planning to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, has been arrested.

Channels TV reports, the arrest, according to the police, was made after several weeks of meticulous follow up on intelligence information on the activities of some militants in Lagos and Ogun area, who have been gathering explosives to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.

Police recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two cartons of Explosives and Detonators.

Police foil suspected militants’ plan to bomb Third Mainland Bridge

An official of the Police Public Relation office, Jimoh Moshood, confirmed the arrest of the man and the seizure of the explosives making devices.

He said that one of the key members of the group, who specialises in explosives, Abiodun Amos, 43, also referred to as Senti alleged to be a native of Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State, was arrested on Wednesday at the bank of Majidun River in Ikorodu area of Lagos with two AK47 rifles hidden in a bag he brought from their hideout in the Creek.

The police say he has mentioned other gang members.

A statement by the force also said that the suspect, on sighting police operatives deployed to Ikorodu on December 26 to apprehend him, jumped out of his car and escaped to the bush.

“On Searching the Toyota Camry car two cartons of Gelatine Dynamite Explosives and hundreds of detonators were recovered in the boot of the car,” the statement read.

Following the discovery, the IGP, Ibrahim Idris directed his operatives at the IRT led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) to commence full scale investigation and it was discovered afterwards that the group was actually planning to blow up the bridge at the end of November 2016.

The police said efforts were on to arrest the remaining gang members.