Tragedy was averted after the Nigerian Police arrested a suspected bomber Abiodun Amos aka SENTI targeting the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. His co-plotters are said to be at large but the Nigerian Police are on their trail.
Abiodun Amos was arrested on 2nd November, 2016 in Majidun Area of Ikorodu at his hideout. According to the Nigerian Police, two AK 47 rifles were recovered from his possession.
The principal suspect was said to be an Ijaw man and a native of Ese Odo LGA of Ondo State. He is specialized in assembling and modifying large-scale Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) for terrorist act. The suspect was said to have volunteered confessional statement to the Nigerian police and named other suspect of the group still at large.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), “In the course of further investigation into the case, one of the suspects at large mentioned to the Police by the principal suspect as the person in possession of their explosive devices and the detonators was trailed by the Police (IRT) Operatives on the 26th December, 2016 while conveying in a Toyota Camry Car, two (2) Cartons of Galantine Dynamite Explosives and Hundred and twenty five (125) Detonators in the boot of the Car in a location in Ikorodu area of Lagos state on his way to link up with the other members of the militant gang to blow up the 3rd mainland bridge.
‘The Suspect, on sighting the Intelligence Response Team Operatives jumped out of the Car and escaped into the nearby bush. The explosive devices and the detonators were recovered by the Police IRT operatives and the Explosive Ordinance Department, and the attack that would have been a major devastating and colossus damage to Lagos state and Nigeria was averted.”
Don Awunah, the Deputy Commissioner of Police said further investigation is being carried out to arrest all other members of the militant gang still at large.
The 3rd Mainland Bridge is the longest bridge in Nigeria measuring 11.8 km and connects Lagos Island to the mainland. The Bridge was built by the military administration of Ibrahim Babangida and opened to motorist in 1990.
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