Mr. Abiodun Amos, one of the leaders of a notorious militant group operating in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, who was arrested yesterday by the police over plans to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, has disclosed that his group planned planned the attack because the Federal Government failed to grant its members amnesty.
The suspect, a 43-year-old native of Arogbo, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State was arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, at a river bank in Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos, on Monday.
The group had planned to bomb the bridge end of November before Amos’ arrest.
Amos said, “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.”
Suspected leader of the militant group,’ General’ Ossy (real names not known), had in recent times, allegedly coordinated many bank robberies and several high-profile kidnappings, including the kidnap of three school girls at Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu; kidnap of four landlords at Isheri North Area of Lagos; abduction of Oniba of Ibaland, Oba Goriola Oseni, among several others within Lagos and Ogun states.
Vanguard reports that ‘General’ Ossy had boasted in an interview 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. He said the arms would be deployed to disrupt economic activities within Lagos and Ogun states, should the Federal Government fail to dialogue with the group and grant its wish.
Recovered from the group were two AK47 rifles, two cartons of explosives and detonators.
Confirming the development, Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, a deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, said: “Yes, an individual was arrested. On sighting the policemen, the second suspect jumped out of his car and escaped into the bush, abandoning the operational vehicle.
On searching the vehicle, two cartons of Gelatine dynamite explosives and hundreds of detonators were recovered in the boot of the car. Efforts to arrest the remaining gang members are in progress.”