Operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service, through the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ has successfully intercepted live cartridges and other weapons that were concealed in bags containing parboiled rice and cassava flour, popularly called garri in most parts of the country.
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Public Relations Officer of the FOU, Theophilus Duniya, confirmed the incident to Channels TV on Monday, he further revealed that the items were loaded in three Mazda saloon cars and were seized by officers on patrol along the Igbora axis of Oyo State.
The PRO stated that on sighting the officers, the drivers abandoned their vehicles and fled into the bush before the items were recovered by the operatives.
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According to him, the items impounded included 751 pieces of AAA, 70mm live Lion Cartridges, sacks of garri and that of parboiled rice.
Duniya stated that the vehicles, as well as the items, recovered, have all been deposited at the unit’s headquarters pending further investigation and possible persecution of the people behind it.
Hussein Ejibunu, who is the Acting Customs Comptroller in charge of the FOU, while reacting in support of the arrests made, called on all patriotic citizens of the country to provide useful and timely information that would help in combating smuggling in Nigeria.