The Nigerian Army has intercepted a truck carrying 20,500 cartridges of 12 calibre ammunition along Ajilete-Owode Road in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State. The truck was heading to Onitsha, Anambra State, where it was suspected to be used for criminal activities.
The troops of 35 Battalion, under the 81 Division Garrison, acted on actionable intelligence and conducted a rigorous stop and search operation on Saturday, July 15, 2023. They discovered that the truck, with the registration number ENU 697 XY, was loaded with 720 packets of Red Star cartridges and an additional 250 packets of live (black) cartridges, all concealed in sacks of rice.
The suspects arrested were Mr Eric Seworvor, a Ghanaian national, and Mr Lukman Sani, the driver of the truck. They confessed that they imported the ammunition from Mali, via Idiroko International Border, and were on their way to deliver it to their customers in Onitsha.
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The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, commended the troops for their vigilance and professionalism. He urged them to continue to work in synergy with other security agencies to curb the proliferation of arms and ammunition in the country. He also warned those involved in the illegal trade of arms and ammunition to desist from it or face the full wrath of the law.
The seized ammunition and the suspects have been handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service for further investigation and prosecution. The Nigerian Army assured the public of its commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of Nigerians and maintaining peace and security in the country.