The Force Headquarters of the
police in Abuja has foiled an attempt to
bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. The suspects were a notorious militant group
operating from the creeks of Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states.
It was gathered that a top
‘commander’ of the group, Abiodun Amos, who is
also known as Senti, an Ijaw native of Arugbo in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State,
who was also the group’s chief expert in explosives, was arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of
Police Special Intelligence Response Team, (IRT), who trailed him to a river
bank at the Majidun area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
His arrest followed a tip-off.
Sources disclosed that two Ak47 rifles hidden in a ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bag,
was found on him at the time of his arrest. He led the IRT to a vehicle parked
in Ikorodu, where a large cache of dynamite and
detonators were recovered from the
The Office of the National Security
Adviser (NSA) was said to have passed on the information to the
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, indicating that the group was
at its final stage of carrying out the attack.
The IGP ordered the IRT led by Abba
Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), to investigate.
Meanwhile in October 2016, the
group which has no known identity and was notorious for pipeline vandalism,
kidnapping and bank robbery, had demanded for amnesty, threatening to disrupt economic activities within Lagos and Ogun states if the Federal Government does
not dialogue with them and award them pipeline protection contracts.
Leader of the militant group, known as General ossy ibori is said to be the mastermind behind most of the bank robbery and several high profile kidnappings, including that of three school girls, at
Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu, four landlords at Isheri North Area of Lagos, Oniba of Iba land,
Oba Goriola Oseni and several others, boasted in an interview that his group has over 21 “generals” commanding 7,800
The IRT operatives, while trailing
the group made several arrests, one of them gave the police information to
The 43-year-old suspect, confessed
that his group was into the pipeline vandalism, but they resorted to kidnapping
when it became difficult for them to vandalise and sell stolen fuel.
He said “we went into bank robbery
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