Kudos to the Minna command of the Nigeria Customs Service as it intercepts a truck load of 200,000 live ammunition.
According to the comptroller, Benjamin Binga, the Onitsha-bound truck was intercepted along the Wawa-Babana border on its way into the country from Benin Republic.
The Iveco Truck with Lagos registration number AKD 904 XE according to comptroller, was been driven by one Bukari Dauda, and accompanied by the owner of the cartridges who is known as Martin Anokwara. Both were apprehended along with the consignment when the vehicle was intercepted.
Binga said the truck on the surface was supposed to be carrying over 100 empty gerry cans but after thorough search by men of the command, a false bottom which was used to hide the cartridges was discovered.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
During interrogation, the driver of the truck who claimed to be from Cotonou, Benin Republic, revealed that he was paid by Anokwara convey the truck containing empty jerry-cans to Onitsha, the commercial city on Anambra, as he denied knowledge of the concealed arms. Anokwara on his own never did not deny owning the consignment, but he said they were not meant for not meant for robbery.
According to him, he supplies hunters and licensed owners of double barrel guns and only sells them in Anambra. He said he had to contract Dauda to drive him back to Nigeria because the driver of the truck fell sick. Binga said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation by the command.