The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a truck filled with 200,000 live ammunition
– The truck was reportedly on its way to Onitsha from Cotonou when it was intercepted
– Two suspects identified as the driver and the owner of the ammunition have been arrested
The Nigeria Customs Service, Niger, Kwara, Kogi Command, intercepted a truck loaded with 200,000 ammunition in the early hours of Monday, July 9.
The truck, with Lagos registration number AKD 904 XE, was intercepted along Wawa-Babana border on its way to Onitsha from Benin Republic.
According to Comptroller Benjamin Binga, his men intercepted the truck which entered the country through the Babana border at about 3a.m on Monday morning carrying over 100 empty gericans, The Nation reports.
He said: “The checking was not from tip off, it was just out of sheer curiosity that my men decided to do a thorough checking and discovered that unlike other bottoms of trucks, this one had nuts and on removing the nuts, they discovered it was a false bottom which revealed the cartridges.
“The cartridges are numbering thousands, it would take us hours to count it. We are now working to establish what the cartridges are really meant for and who sent them to bring it into the country. ”
The truck driver, Bukari Dauda said he is from Cotonou in Benin Republic and he was employed by the driver, Martin Anokwara, to drive the truck for him to Onitsha.
Dauda said that he did not know the truck contained live cartridges and thought he was only carrying empty gericans.
The owner of the cartridges, Martin Anokwara confirmed that he is the owner of the cartridges just as he said that it is not meant for robbery. He claimed he supplies hunters and licensed owners of double barrel guns adding that he only sells them in Anambra.
Meanwhile, it previously reported that vehicles carrying bags of foreign rice along Kaduna, Zaria and Kano have been confiscated by the Nigeria Customs Service.
The confiscation was confirmed on Monday, July 2, by the assistant comptroller and commander, strike force of the command, Ekanem Wills.