The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on Thursday said it had intercepted three trucks loaded with over 300,000 live cartridges on the Igbogila-Ilara area of Ogun State.
The General Officer Commanding of the division, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, disclosed this to journalists at a news conference at the division’s headquarters in Lagos.
“The 81 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with some security agencies on May 30 at 2.58 am intercepted three 5-ton trucks loaded with thousands of live cartridges,” he said.
He said the trucks, which were intercepted at Balogun Village on Igbogila-Ilara road, Ogun State, had registration numbers Anambra, AAH 409 ZV; Lagos, BDG 782 XU and Lagos, GGF 88 XU.
“The live cartridges in boxes and cartons were carefully concealed in a wooden platform with metallic plates,” he added. The GOC said that the drivers and their accomplices, on sighting the troops, abandoned their trucks and fled.
He said the team was on the trail of the fleeing drivers, their collaborators as well as sponsors. The GOC, who said the interception followed a tip off received from well-meaning Nigerians, thanked residents of Lagos and Ogun for their continued cooperation.
He urged them to always give timely information, pledging not to relent until the area was rid of cultism, smuggling, vandalism and other violent criminal activities.