Soldiers of 192 Battalion Nigerian Army (NA) operating in 81 Division Area of Responsibility have intercepted a fully loaded truck of ammunition on its journey to Anambra State.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations stated this on Monday, July 17, 2023.
Following actionable intelligence on the smuggling syndicate, the troops carried out a thorough stop and search operation on the truck along Ajilete-Owode Road in Yewa North LGA of Ogun State and discovered the smuggled ammunitionns on board.
“In a truck with Registration number ENU 697 XY, 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,” Mr Nwachukwu said.
Preliminary investigations from the suspects on board, identified as Mr Lukman Sani (Nigerian), who happened to be the driver of the truck and a Mr Eric Seworvor (Ghanaian national) unveiled ‘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.
‘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 Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja eulogized the troop for their laudable commitment to safety, implored them to strengthen synergy with other security agencies in fighting insecurity and appealed to citizens to report any suspicious act of crime in their neighbourhood to security personnels.