Nigeria police foil ‘plot’ to blow up key Lagos bridge

AFRICA

 

LAGOS – Nigerian police say they have
thwarted a plot to bomb a key bridge in
the commercial hub of Lagos, arresting
the alleged mastermind and seizing a
cache of arms and ammunition.
Police arrested Abiodun Amos, the
suspected leader of a “militant gang”,
on November 2 after “painstaking
surveillance and monitoring,” national
police spokesman Don Awunah said in
a statement late Wednesday.
Authorities suspect the target was the
13-kilometre 3rd Mainland Bridge,
which links the swanky business
district of Lagos Island with the rest of
the sprawling city of some 20 million
inhabitants.
The attack would have caused
“devastating” damage to Lagos and
Nigeria, Awunah said.
The main suspect is an “explosive
expert” with skills in assembling large-
scale bombs, the police said, adding
that they had seized two AK 47 rifles at
his hideout in the Ikorodu area of the
city.
Information obtained from Amos led
police to other plot members and they
found two cartons of explosives and
125 detonators in the boot of a car as
the alleged conspirators were en route
to the bridge.
Police were now trailing fleeing
members of the gang, he added.
Lagos, Nigeria’s largest and
commercial hub, has been on security
alert following rumours of militant
attacks in recent months.
Recently, the authorities demolished
some waterfront communities in a bid
to rid the city of criminals using them
as hideouts.
Nigeria’s oil-producing south has been
plagued by renewed rebel attacks on
oil pipelines and facilities that have
crippled output at a time of global low
prices, hammering government
revenue.
Nigeria depends on oil for 90 percent of
foreign exchange earnings and 70
percent of government revenue.000_par8179461K

 

 

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