The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has thwarted a plan by two former militants to blow off the 1.5km Itu-Calabar Bridge on October 5.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gabriel Achong, stated this at a press briefing in Uyo, Thursday.
According to the police boss, on September 20, 2014, the command received intelligence report that a group of aggrieved ex-militants had planned to blow off the bridge.
He said acting on the intelligence report, the command teamed up with the collaboration of the State Security Service, the army, and other security agencies, following which the suspects were traced from Odukpani in Cross River State to Itu Bridge, where they were finally arrested.
Mr. Achong said those arrested include Mr. Samuel Yaw, a Ghananian resident in Bakassi Local Government and Mr. Monday Anthony, of Ikang village also in Bakassi.
He said, “On September 20, 2014, the command received information that a group of aggrieved militants planned to blow off the Calabar/Itu Bridge.
“Upon thorough and intensive surveillance, on October 5, 2014, two suspects; Samuel Coleman Yaw, a Ghanaian resident in Bakassi LGA, Cross River State, were arrested”.
He, however, maintained that the brain behind the dastardly act, Mr. Boronyefa Olorogun, alias General Bofa, who initially escaped arrest, was traced to Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, where he was arrested by a combined team of police and DSS operatives last week Friday.
The CP listed items recovered from the suspects to include six Super Power 90 explosives, five blasting laps, three rolls of detonating cords and one Honda Accord 1997 model.
He added that the command also arrested two sea pirates, Mr. Victor Godbless and Umjiejong Jonah, natives of Ngo town in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State on September 30.
The pirates, according to him, were arrested following a tip off by residents of Ndito Eka Iba Village, a coastal town in Mbo LGA, Akwa Ibom State.