Customs Seize 30,000 Live Ammunition In Ibadan, Suspect Arrested
March 12, 2014 – Customs Seize 30,000 Live Ammunition In Ibadan, Suspect Arrested
Barely 10 months after an earlier seizure of 56,750 rounds of live cartridges by the Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the command yesterday announced another significant seizure of 30,000 pieces of ammunition packed in 20 cartons.
The latest seizure was made possible through the effort of one of the anti-smuggling teams of the command.
The seizure, coming a few months to the 2015 general election, according to the Area Comptroller of the Command, Richard Oteri, was commendable against the heightened insecurity in the country.
Oteri who spoke at a press briefing said the ammunition was concealed under tubers of yam and yam flour in a rickety white Toyota Hiace bus, with registration number Kwara XC 286 SHA.
The live cartridges which were intercepted early Monday morning along Saki-Ago-Are axis of Oyo State, in Oke-Ogun upper area of the state, might have found its way into the state through the border of the neighbouring Benin Republic, carefully concealed in the bus.
The driver of the bus, Abdulrahman Adegoke, 45, who was arrested on the spot, denied ownership of the live cartridges, saying he was only hired to transport the goods to Ibadan.
The Comptroller lamented that the seizure made by the team led by S.C. Okoli was at the same axis of the state, where last year’s seizure was made. He declared that his command would not relent in its effort to rid the state of criminally-minded people.
According to Oteri, “Our command is poised and passionate about building on the success recorded in the past years and this monumental seizure is commendable to say the least, against the backdrop of the heightened insecurity in the country.
“Nigerians who engage in smuggling of unwholesome goods are to note that we are more determined now than ever to make Oyo/Osun command an uncomfortable place for their nefarious activities, while promising trade facilitation to all legitimate businessmen and women in the area.
“We will continue to partner with other security agencies to make the area and indeed the country at large a safe place to dwell,” he said.
Adegoke, despite his denial of ownership of the live cartridges, and that he was only hired to transport the goods to Ibadan, was later handed over to the Nigeria Police along with the smuggled items.
Receiving the suspect and the items, the State deputy Commissioner of Police, Musa Kawo, who commended the customs for the feat, promsed that the matter would be investigated and the culprits brought to book.
[By Ademola Babalola, THIS DAY Live]
March 12, 2014 at 5:58 AM
agents of d devil
Prophet Gbenga Rotimi "KINI IWO NFE"
March 12, 2014 at 6:14 AM
Ho LORD, 2015 is ahead, Let your peace remain in Nigeria, Oyo state, Osun state and other states, the spirit of blood sharing we command you in jesus name,stop and depart from this country in jesus name(AMEN).
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March 12, 2014 at 8:27 AM
Tanx God it was found..many more souls wud hav bin wasted again
March 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM
when will people stop having bad intentions despite killings recorded across the nation.these men should be shot cos i dont trust the courts no more
March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Una try i no go lie,I wish you guys let the driver continue his journey with the said goods and some of your trusted men and the police go with him for drop off and arrest the main man who will mention the buyers and those that are involved both in Nigeria and outside because their show must go on unless you nab the main baba.Anyway thanks for not letting this one go.plus 30,000 is a good number.That’s a wonderful work.
March 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM
Becos of 2015, u guys want 2 tak a saul dat u can nt create. Selfish ppls
March 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM
good job, i wish u people can apprehend the two people that escaped when the bus was stopped, they will have more information on this.
March 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM
GOOD JOB.RIDE ON.
March 13, 2014 at 5:59 AM
Yes, i think i like this. Full scale investigation is highly needed 2 close on d main men @ d herm of this affair n ensure dia is no hiding place 4 dem untill they r cot b4 they escape in2 thin air. More success still counting……………
God bless Oyo/Osun State, God bless n protect Nigeria 4rm more innocent bloodshed. (Amen).
March 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Thank God..they could av waisted a lot of pple