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.