Soldiers from the 192nd Battalion of the Nigerian Army intercepted a Ghanaian national attempting to smuggle a cargo of ammunition into Anambra State in eastern Nigeria. On the Ajilete-Owode road in Ogun State, western Nigeria, the soldiers arrested an international ammunition smuggling ring based on credible intelligence.
The troops conducted a thorough stop-and-search operation that led to the discovery of illicit ammunition in a vehicle with the license plate number ENU 696 XY.
The truck was laden with 720 packets of Red Star 12-caliber cartridges, each containing 25 cartridges, for a total of 18,000 cartridges. In addition, the soldiers seized 250 boxes of live (black) cartridges, each containing 10 packs, for a total of 2500 cartridges of the same caliber.
Eric Seworvor, a Ghanaian, and Lukman Sani, the driver, have been apprehended and are aiding with ongoing investigations while being held in custody.
Preliminary investigations reveal that the ammunition, which was concealed in a vehicle that appeared to be empty, was imported from Mali through the Idiroko International Border.
The alleged criminals were able to avoid multiple checkpoints on their way to Onitsha, Anambra State, where they intended to deliver the illicit ammunition.
The Nigerian Army has urged citizens to continue providing credible and actionable intelligence to assist forces and other security agencies in their efforts to combat security threats throughout the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, praised the troops for their commitment and urged them to maintain it as they collaborate with other services and security agencies to provide a secure environment for all Nigerians and promote socioeconomic development.