The comptroller, Niger, Kwara, Kogi Command of the Nigeria Customs, Benjamin Binga has stated that the command has intercepted an Onitsha bound truck loaded with 200,000 live ammunitions smuggled into the country through Benin Republic.
He stated that the two suspects were identified as Bukari Dauda, the driver and the owner of the cartridges, Martin Anokwara and that they were apprehended along the Wawa-Babana border in Niger state in a Iveco Truck with Lagos registration number AKD 904 XE.
The comptroller said that his men intercepted the truck which entered the country through the Babana border at about 3am, yesterday, disguised as if it was carrying empty jericans.
He said after a thorough check by his men, it was discovered that the truck had a false bottom which was used to hide the cartridges intended to be smuggled to the eastern part of the country.
According to him,”The checking was not from a tip off, it was just out of sheer curiosity that my men decided to do a thorough checking and discovered that unlike other bottoms of trucks, this one had nuts and on removing the nuts, they discovered it was a false bottom which revealed the cartridges.
“The cartridges are numbering thousands it would take us hours to count it. We are now working to establish what the cartridges are really meant for and who sent them to bring it into the country,” he added
LEADERSHIP findings, however, revealed that the driver of the truck, Bukari Dauda is from Cotonu in Benin Republic and not a Nigerian but was employed by the driver, Martin Anokwara to drive the truck for him to Onitsha.
Under interrogation it was learnt that Dauda said that he did not know the truck contained live cartridges as Martin only told him he wanted to take the empty jerrycans back to the Nigeria after transacting business in Benin.
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