Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:02 am
Nigeria Police Force said on Wednesday that it foiled a plot to blow up the third mainland bridge in Lagos with the arrest of a leader of a militant group behind the devilish plot.
Police also said it recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two cartons of explosives and detonators being gathered for the operation.
The Police said the arrest of the suspect 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 bridge reputed to be the longest in Africa.
Jimoh Moshod, deputy public relations officer of the Police who confirmed the arrest said a key member of the group, who specialises in explosives, Abiodun Amos, 43, also referred to as Senti, was arrested on Wednesday.
Police said Abiodun who is from Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State was arrested 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 given the name of the other members of his gang.
“Analysis of the GSM number of the arrested Suspect revealed his close Associate in Ikorodu area of Lagos,” the police said.
A statement by the force also said that the suspect, on sighting police operatives deployed to Ikorodu on December 26 to apprehend him, jump 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.
The police however said efforts to arrest the remaining gang members are ongoing.