Nigerian police say they have arrested a man plotting, with some others still at large, to bomb the pivotal Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria’s and Africa’s biggest conurbation of more than 21 million people.

The suspected bomber was identified as Abiodun Amos alias SENTI. A police statement Wednesday described him as the leader of a militant gang planning to bomb the bridge.

He was arrested on Nov 2, 2016 in a hideout on the banks of the Majidun River in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State. Two AK 47 rifles were recovered from him, the statement added.

The principal suspect is an Ijaw man and a native of Ese Odo LGA (local government area) of Ondo State. He is an explosives expert who specializes in assembling and modifying large-scale improvised explosives devices (IEDs) for terrorist acts,” the statement said.

The suspect also volunteered a confessional statement to the Police and named other members of the militant group who are still at large.

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 on 26th December, 2016 while conveying in a Toyota Camry car, two cartons of galantine dynamite explosives and 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 (police) 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.


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