Army Intercepts Three Trucks Loaded with over 300,000 Pump Action Cartridges


Chiemelie Ezeobi

Three trucks loaded with over 300,000 live cartridges of pump action riffles have been intercepte­d by personnel of the 35 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, in Igbogila Balogun area of Owode Ibese, Ogun State.

The intercepti­on as gathered, was made at the early hours of yesterday.

However, no arrest was made as occupants of the trucks with plate numbers AAA 409 ZV, BDG 782 XU and GGE 88 XU, fled when the trucks were stopped for a search.

The ammunition were concealed in an in-built compartmen­t of the trucks.

As at the time of the intercepti­on, they were empty, until the in-built boards were removed.

Briefing journalist­s on the arrest, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Iniobong Udoh, explained that the feat was achieved following calls received by members of the public. Represente­d by the Commander, 35 Artilery Brigade, Brigadier General Olaniiyi Olatunde, said: “Following calls received from well-meaning Nigerians, our patrol teams in Anti Smuggling, Anti Pipeline Vandalizat­ion, on May 30, 2018, at about 2.58a.m, in conjunctio­n with the police, Department State Service (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other well-meaning Nigerians , intercepte­d the trucks loaded with cartridges at Balogun village, at Agbogila road, Ilara road. The cartridges were contained in boxes concealed in a way that it will be difficult for any usual patrol or checkpoint to discover.

“When our troops stopped them for stop and search, the occupants took to their heels. We pursued them but didn’t get any of them. Troops are still on their trail.”

He disclosed that the ammunition were suspected to have been brought from the Republic of Benin but could not state the destinatio­n they were being taken to.

Thepack containing the cartridges read Diana 32 Hunting selection. Appreciati­ng members of the public for availing the army with the informatio­n which he described as swift, Udoh, stated that the army would continue the fight against criminalit­y, in order to rid the nation of bad elements.

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