In follow up to credible technical intelligence, operatives of the Intelligence Response Team IRT deployed to Lagos by IGP Ibrahim K Idris to neutralize threat pose on Lagos by the notorious new militant leader called America, have successfully foiled attempt by the gang to rob banks in Lagos.
The gang is also responsible for the kidnapping of the Epe school children last week.
Five key members of the notorious militant group led by America who have perfected plans for massive attack and robbing of 5 banks in Lagos were arrested in Ikorodu and Ajah areas of Lagos.
The suspects are Abiodun Olaroye aka Gbeleju, a 38yrs native of Ode Kreme village in Ondo State, Ebipatgh Tuwei aka Segun 47yrs and Benjamin Powei aka Ben a 42yrs, both natives of Arobo, Ondo State.
Others are Ikechukwu Samuel Innocent aka IK, 33yrs of Isiagwu village of Abia State, who is a security man in one of the targeted banks and Samuel Chinedu 30yrs aka Hit Man, an indigene of Ika North of Delta State.
They were part of the gang responsible for the death of 4 policemen and army captain in Ikorodu last month.
All five suspects were arrested in Ikorodu and Ajah areas of Lagos after several days of unrelenting follow up by IRT.
Four of the arrested suspects are militants who were sent by their gang leader America to survey the banks and hire 2 operational buses that will be used to convey the militants to and from the river bank to the banks.
As said earlier, the 5th suspect is a security man in one of the banks targeted to be robbed.
The banks marked for imminent robbery by the militants are Zenith Bank and FCMB Bank in Lekki and FCMB, GTB and Keystone Banks in Ajah area of Lagos.
The banks were chosen because of their proximity to the river side according to the militants arrested.
They all confessed to the planned bank robberies and confirmed that they were sent by their boss in the creek, America to survey the 5 banks in Ajah and Lekki. They did the surveillance with the bank security man who brought the job to the militants.
It was America who fixed Wednesday, June 1st 2017 as the date for the attack on the banks before his boys were arrested by IRT.
The police said that the suspects are cooperating with detectives in a bid to effect to arresting the gang-leader, America and other gang-members.
Part of the discussion was to rescue of the school children.