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Amos, Some of the explosives/Photos: Nigeria Police Force

By Andah John with agency report

Police have arrested a suspected militant and member of a gang planning to blow up the Third Mainland Bridge in Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos.

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Two AK 47 Rifles, two cartons of Explosives and Detonators were recovered  from the suspect.

Police said they made the arrest after several weeks of 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 Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.

An official of the Police Public Relation office, Jimoh Moshood, was reported to have confirmed the arrest of the man and the seizure of the explosives making devices.

A key member of the group, who, according to reports, specialises in explosives, Abiodun Amos, 43, also referred to as Senti, was arrested on Wednesday.

Police said Abiodun hails from Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

He 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.

And the police have said he has mentioned other gang members.

“Analysis of the GSM number of the arrested Suspect revealed his closed Associate in Ikorodu area of Lagos,” the police said.

A police statement further said the suspect, on sighting police operatives deployed to Ikorodu on 26 December to apprehend him, jumped 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.