Police intercept 8,450ammunition concealed in T-shirtcartons

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Lagos State Police Command has smashed a
syndicate that specialized in illegal importation
of ammunition from neighboring West African
countries, arresting three suspected members,
including retired naval officer.
The suspects, alleged to be traders at the popular
Onitsha market, usually concealed the
ammunition inside their goods, using the method
to evade security checks at the border.
But luck ran out on them after the surveillance
team of Trade Fair Division, under Area ‘E’
Command intercepted a Volkswagen bus loaded
with goods from Seme border, on Wednesday, at
the Trade Fair Complex.
The vehicle was reportedly taken to the station
based on suspicion, where a startling discovery
of 8,450 live cartridges, concealed inside cartons
of T-shirts was made, when searched.
Parading the suspects before journalists,
yesterday, at the command headquarters, Ikeja,
the Command boss, Mr Umar Manko, revealed
that “after close examination, a navy warrant
officer’s WO2 uniform, identity card, beret,
badges and shoes of a retired naval officer,
who was in charge of the vehicle, at the time of
arrest, were found .
“Investigation was extended to Onitsha, Anambra
State, leading to the arrest of one Udeh, who is
one of the owners of the consignment. He
offered the sum of N61,200 to the police to
influence the release of the consignment and
was arrested in the process”.
However, when the retired naval officer was
questioned, he denied knowledge of the contents
of the cartons, saying he was only called upon
to convey the goods to Trade Fair by one Ejike.
He also denied wearing the military uniform,
saying he only kept it in the vehicle in order to
wade off motor park touts and policemen whom
he accused of always harassing them on the
road.
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