The Minna command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted a truck load of 200,000 live ammunition. Benjamin Binga, the comptroller, who disclosed this, said the Onitsha-bound truck was intercepted along the Wawa-Babana border on its way into the country from Benin Republic.
He said Bukari Dauda, the driver, and Martin Anokwara, the owner of the cartridges, were apprehended along with the consignment when the vehicle, an Iveco Truck was intercepted.
Binga said the truck on the surface was supposed to be carrying over 100 empty gerry cans but after thorough search by men of the command, a false bottom which was used to hide the cartridges was discovered.
During interrogation, the driver of the truck reportedly claimed to be from Cotonu in Benin Republic, adding that he was commissioned by Anokwara to drive the truck to Onitsha. Anokwara also confirmed that he is the owner of the cartridges, adding that they were not meant for robbery.
Binga said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation by the command.