Troops of the Nigerian Army Successfully Foil International Smuggling Syndicate Attempting to Transport Ammunition to Anambra State
On Saturday, the Nigerian Army intercepted an international smuggling syndicate attempting to transport a truckload of smuggled ammunition to Anambra State, located in Nigeria’s southeastern region. The interception was made possible through a meticulous and rigorous stop-and-search operation conducted by the troops along the Ajilete-Owode Road in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.
Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Army spokesperson, disclosed the details of the operation in a statement released on Sunday. According to Nwachukwu, the truck, with registration number ENU 697 XY, was found to be loaded with various types of ammunition. Among the confiscated ammunition were 720 packets of red star cartridges of 12 calibers, each containing 25 cartridges, totaling 18,000 cartridges. Additionally, the troops discovered 250 packets of live black cartridges, each containing ten packets and amounting to 2,500 cartridges of the same caliber.
Two suspects were apprehended in connection with the illegal smuggling operation and are currently assisting the military in its investigations. The suspects were identified as Eric Seworvor, a Ghanaian national, and Lukman Sani, the truck driver.
Investigations revealed that the ammunition was surreptitiously concealed within the supposed empty truck and was imported from Mali. The syndicate managed to avoid several checkpoints along the route before being intercepted at the Idiroko International Border. Their final destination was Onitsha, Anambra State, where they intended to deliver the illegal ammunition.
Brigadier-General Nwachukwu emphasized that the swift intervention of the troops prevented the illegal weapons from reaching Anambra State. Had the syndicate succeeded, they could have posed a significant security threat to the residents of the region.
In response to the successful operation, the Chief of Army Staff, Taoreed Lagbaja, commended the troops for their unwavering commitment to securing the lives and properties of Nigerians. Nwachukwu reiterated the appeal for continued support from Nigerians, encouraging them to provide information that would assist security agencies in combating security challenges across the country.