WAR? Police Intercept Truck With 34,865 Cartridges Heading To South East
The Ogun State Police Command says it intercepted a mini truck conveying 34,865 live cartridges from the neighbouring Republic of Togo through a Nigerian boarder town in Ogun, to Onitsha, in Anambra State.
The command also said that it arrested three suspects - a Togolese, Isa Muhammad, and two Nigerians, Alabi Fayemi and Seyi Bamgbose, in connection with the incident.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, presented the suspects to reporters at Imeko Police Station, on Saturday.
He said the truck and the suspects were arrested on Friday by a stop-and-search border patrol team at Olohunda, a border town between Abeokuta North and Imeko Afon local government areas of the State.
Iliyasu said the cartridges were neatly concealed inside the truck with registration number Lagos, KSF 254 XX and was being transported to Onitsha in Anambra State.
The Police Commissioner said the suspect had attempted to induce the police officials with money, but that the police personnel turned it down.
"The extant laws of the land will be invoked on them” (the suspects)," he added.
"Our operatives on border patrol led by ACP Shettima Muhammad while on routine patrol of the border area on Friday, based on intelligence report, intercepted a Toyota Dyna Mini truck with registration number KSF 254 XX with some cartons neatly concealed therein.
"The mode of the concealment aroused the suspicion of our men, who stopped the vehicle and properly searched it.
"Upon the search, 34,865 live cartridges were discovered in cartons neatly concealed inside the vehicle,” he said.
Iliyasu explained that the police have commenced further investigations into the matter and would soon file charges against the suspects.
Muhammad, who is the prime suspect, told reporters that one of his Nigerian customers based in Onitsha gave him the vehicle to help him drive.
Isa said he had to approach another friend, Bamgbose, who had a valid driving licence to drive while he (Mohammed) served as a motor boy.
He explained that after getting to Nigeria, they were en-route Abeokuta, Ogun state capital for a repair work on the vehicle before they were arrested by the police.
Mohammed, 36, who denied knowledge of the ammunition inside the truck, said he could have taken the truck to Onitsha thinking it was empty.
He, however, could not give the name of the person who gave him the truck.
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