Photo of Lagos State Militant Who tried to bomb 3rd Mainland Bridge


One of the notorious militants leader operating in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, Abiodun Amos who was arrested yesterday, in a bid to bomb 3rd Mainland Bridge has revealed the real reason why they planned the attack.

Abiodun Amos & the Explosives | Image credit: NPF

It will be recall that group had planned to bomb the bridge end of last month before Amos’ arrest by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, frustrated its efforts.

Confessing to the police why they planned the attack, 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.

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‘’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.

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‘’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 43-year-old Abiodun Amos, a native of Arogbo, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, also popularly known as Senti, said his group was hitherto involved in pipeline vandalism, noting that it resorted to kidnapping when it became difficult for its members to continue with the illegal business due to the presence of the military and policemen.

He was arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, at a river bank in Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos, on Monday.

According to Vanguard, Two  AK-47 rifles hidden inside a bag were found with him and additional two cartons of explosives, with the words Gelatine Dynamite inscribed on them, and detonators, were recovered from the group’s operational saloon car.

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Amos’ arrest, it was gathered, followed intelligence generated by office of the National Security Adviser to the President, NSA, on November 2, 2016, that the group had concluded plans to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge.

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.

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‘’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.”

Meanwhile, 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 state s.

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‘General’ Ossy had  boasted in an interview with Vanguard 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.

Source: Vanguard


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