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Nigerian Army Intercepts Over 300,000 Smuggled Live Cartridges In 3 Trucks

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Army intercepts 3 trucks laden with smuggled ammunition

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Army Impounds 3 Smuggled Trucks Full Of Ammunition

Three trucks full of over 300,000 live cartridges of pump-action ammunition, been smuggled into the country from the neighbouring Republic of Benin, has been intercepted by the Nigerian Army.

According to the Brigade Commander of 35 Artllery Brigade, Ogun State, General Olaniyi Olatunde, the drivers of the trucks fled and abandoned the ammunition but efforts are being made to arrest them.

He disclosed to newsmen while parading the impounded trucks and ammunition that the items were impounded following intelligence report.

He said: “Following a tip-off received from well-meaning Nigerians during anti-illegal bunkering, anti-pipeline vandalism and anti-smuggling patrols, on May 30, 2018, at about 2:58am, troops of 81 Division, Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, intercepted three five-ton trucks with vehicle registration numbers ANAMBRA AAH 409 ZV, LAGOS BDG 782 XU and LAGOS GGF 88 XU loaded with thousands of live cartridges, at Balogun village, along Igbogila-Ilara road, Ogun State.

“The live cartridges in boxes and cartons were carefully concealed and sealed in a false-base made up of wooden platform with metallic plates. The drivers and their crew, on sighting troops, abandoned their trucks and fled. A team is on the trail of the fleeing drivers, their crew, collaborators and sponsors, as investigation is ongoing.”

He said that the, wished to use this opportunity to thank the people of Lagos and Ogun states for their continued cooperation and urged them to always give timely information.

While thanking the people of Lagos and Ogun states on behalf of General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Major General Enobong Okon Udoh for their support and cooperation, he further pledged the army would not relent until the area is rid of all forms of cultism, smuggling, vandalism and other criminal activities and elements.

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