Army Intercepts 300,000 Live Ammunition Smuggled Into Nigeria

The Nigerian Army has intercepted 300,000 live cartridges smuggled into Nigeria from Benin Republic.

The three truckloads of ammunition were on Wednesday intercepted at Balogun village, along the Igbogila-Ilara Road, Ogun State.

The General Officer Commanding, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Enobong Udoh, during a press briefing on Thursday said the trucks, with the number plates –ANAMBRA AAH 409 ZV, LAGOS BDG 782 XU, and LAGOS GGF 88 XU – were intercepted around 10.05am.

He explained that the recovery followed an intelligence report from some well-meaning Nigerians.

He said troops of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, intercepted the consignment, adding that the destination was still unknown.

He said, “The live cartridges, packed in boxes and cartons, were carefully sealed inside a concealed compartment constructed underneath the trucks.

“On sighting the troops, the drivers and other occupants abandoned their trucks and fled.

“Efforts are on to track down and possibly arrest the fleeing drivers, their crew, corroborators and sponsors.”

The Army boss enjoined members of the public to continue to give timely information that could help to nip crime in the bud.


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