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Customs intercepts truck conveying 200,000 live ammunition to Anambra State

Valentine Chinyem

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The Minna command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a truck load of 200,000 live ammunition.

This was disclosed by the Command Controller, Benjamin Bin, who confirmed the arrest of the driver, one Bukari Dauda and the owner of the live ammunitions, Martin Anokwara, in in the early hours of Monday, July 9, 2018. He said the cartridges were hidden in the false bottoms of an Iveco truck carrying about 100 supposedly empty jerrycan bound for Anambra from Benin Republic. The Lagos registration number AKD 904 XE, was intercepted along the Wawa-Babana border in Niger state
Mr. Binga 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. ”

However, Anokwara, who confessed to being the owner of the cartridges, added that he supplies hunters and licensed owners of double barrel gun in Anambra State.

The driver, Dauda who claimed to be resident in Cotonou, upon questioning denied knowledge of the cartridges as he thought he was transporting empty jerrycans to Nigeria.

The Comptroller noted that the suspects would be charge to court after investigations.

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