Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted live cartridges concealed in sacks of cassava flour, popularly known as garri.
Public Relations Officer of the unit, Theophilus Duniya, in a statement on Monday said the items loaded in three Mazda saloon cars were seized by officers of the zone while on patrol on Sunday at about 10.00 p.m. along Igboora axis of Oyo State.
He said the drivers abandoned their vehicles on sighting the team’s official vehicle.
Duniya said the items discovered during physical examination in the office include 751 pieces of AAA, 70mm live Lion cartridges, sacks of cassava flour and sacks of parboiled rice.
He said the vehicles, including their contents, have been deposited at the unit headquarters for further investigation.
Reacting to the development, Acting Controller of the unit, Comptroller Hussein Ejibunu called on all patriotic citizens to provide useful and timely information that would help in combating smuggling.
He said, “Smuggling is the mother of all crimes, hence the need to team up and fight it to the barest minimum.
“It is an act of sabotage that should not be allowed to fester for a long time, most especially with the security challenges in the country. Information is key and germane towards the fight against this cankerworm called smuggling.”