Nigerian Police foils plot to destroy 3rd mainland bridge following tip-off from NSA
Galant officers of the Nigerian police force have arrested a man for attempting to bomb the 3rd mainland bridge.
Abiodun Amos, an Ijaw man from Ese Odo Local Government area of Onto State,was caught with rifles and explosives and is believed to be a top commander of a militant group in the Niger Delta.
The suspect was picked up after the Inspector General of police, Idris Kpotum got a tip-off from the office of the National security adviser(NSA) about a plan by some militants to destroy the bridge.
Investigations reveal that other members of Abiodun’s gang, who are still at large, were said to be operating from the creeks in Arepo and Ibafo areas of Ogun State and Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that the suspect was trailed to Majidun river in Ikorodu by the IRT team, who recovered two AK 47 riffles, which were carefully tucked in a Ghana-Must-Go bag from him.The suspect also led the IGP IRT members to another part of Ikorodu, where explosives were recovered from the boot of a vehicle.
Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the gang was actually planning to bomb the bridge at the end of November and that the dynamites and other explosives for the job had been acquired.
The leader of the gang, General Ossy, who was said to have coordinated high profile bank robberies and kidnapping cases, including the Barbington Marcaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu had threatened the Federal Government.
General Ossy, whose gang was also said to be responsible for the abduction of the Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni and the four landlords in Isheri area of Lagos State boasted that he had about eight thousand boys ready to battle the Nigeria military.
Squealing to the police and Newsmen on his gang’s activities, 43 year old Amos said;
We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and also offer us pipeline protection contract.We have made several appeals and the government is not listening to us.
We had concluded plans and we decided to carry out the attack by November ending.I am the group’s explosive expert and before I was arrested we were going into the creek to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack.