Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Monday, August 18, 2014 intercepted 1,480 cartridges of live ammunition disguised as 15 bags of rice in Ogun state.
While making the announcement,Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, the Ogun state customs service controller said the interception which occurred along Abeokuta-Igboora bush path, was possible after his men had received intelligence on the illegal movement of arms and lay in ambush waiting for the criminals.
Mamudu further explained that the smugglers must have had knowledge of the customs plans as they abandoned the ammunition and escaped into the bush.
He said, the command also made a seizure of nine sacks of Indian hemp at the Imeko area of the state.
Mamudu said, “This is one of the tactics being adopted by smugglers, which we are already aware of. Recently we made the same type of seizure of ammunition at the Imeko area.
“Given the security challenges in the country occasioned by insurgency, the command has re-arranged its anti-smuggling strategy and the result is what you are seeing today.”
The area controller said the command would hand over the ammunition to the police, the appropriate government agency concerned with arms and ammunition.