|Abiodun Amos and his group plan to blow up Third Mainland Bridge|
43-year-old Abiodun Amos, an alleged militant group leader, and his gang want to blow up Third Mainland Bridge to pieces to get the government’s attention. The group want amnesty, among other benefits, from the Federal Government.
The attack, according to Amos, was planned to be executed at the end of November, but for his timely arrest by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team which was led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
An intelligence report generated by office of the National Security Adviser to the President on November 2, 2016 blew the group’s cover. The group, it has been gathered, are notorious for pipeline vandalism and kidnap operations in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states.
According to a report by Vanguard, Amos said yesterday, “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.”
The suspect, also popularly known as Senti, was arrested at a river bank in Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos, on Monday. The native of Arogbo, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State and his militant group had allegedly masterminded several kidnap attacks and bank robberies in the past.
Two AK-47 rifles, two cartons of explosives and detonators, were recovered from the Amos and his group’s operational saloon car, reports say.
Force Public Relations Office and a deputy Commissioner of Police, Don Awunah, confirmed Amos’ arrest. “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.”
The Third Mainland Bridge is an essential part of Lagos’ daily commuting as many residents commute to and from the Lagos Mainland to the Island.