Troops of 192 Battalion Nigerian Army operating in 81 Division area of responsibility have intercepted a Ghanaian with truckload of smuggled ammunition enroute Anambra State.
A statement by the director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed that the troop, acting on credible intelligence, busted the international ammunition smuggling syndicate along Ajilete-Owode road in Ogun State.
He said the troops, who acted on actionable intelligence, conducted a meticulous and rigorous stop-and-search operation along Ajilete-Owode Road in Yewa North local government area of Ogun State and uncovered the illegal ammunition in a truck with Registration Number ENU 697 XY.
The truck was loaded with 720 packets of Red Star Cartridges of 12 Calibre, containing 25 cartridges per packet, totalling 18,000 cartridges and an additional 250 packets of live , black, cartridges containing 10 packets each, totalling 2500 cartridges of same calibre.
Nwachukwu disclosed that the suspects, identified as Mr. Eric Seworvor, a Ghanaian national, and the driver, Mr Lukman Sani, have been taken into custody and were helping with ongoing investigations.
“Information gathered during preliminary investigation disclosed that the ammunition, which were surreptitiously concealed in a supposed empty truck were imported from Mali, via Idiroko International Border, where the criminals had successfully beaten several other checkpoints en-route their final destination in Onitsha, Anambra State, where they intended to deliver the illegal ammunition”, he said.
He added that, “timely intervention by the vigilant troops however thwarted the chaos that such volume of ammunition would have unleashed on innocent members of the public, if the criminals had succeeded”.
The Nigerian Army, therefore, appealed to all law abiding citizens to continue to support the troops and other security agencies with credible and actionable information, as they combat security challenges across the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, has also commended the troops for their commitment and urged them not to relent as they strive in synergy with other services and security agencies to provide safe and secure atmosphere for all Nigerians and socio-economic development across the country