24-Hour Surveillance: Ogun I Command intercepts 1,245 live ammunition concealed in bags of rice

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24-Hour Surveillance: Ogun I Command intercepts 1,245 live ammunition concealed in bags of rice

Compt Bamidele Makinde of Ogun I Customs Command on Monday disclosed the seizure of 1,245 rounds of 70mm (23/4) live ammunition of Lion, Trust, Supreme and Redstar branded cartridges

The Comptroller, in a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SC HB Oloyede, said the prohibited and contraband items seized worth (N17,638,145.00 Duty Paid Value (DPV).

According to the Press Release, the ammunition were concealed ingeniously “in 20 bags of the intercepted foreign rice.

“On Friday, 11th day of August, 2023”, the release continued, “the Command received credible intelligenhe on a planned smuggling of prohibited items into the country from Republic of Bénin by unscrupulous elements.

“We swang into action by deploying our operatives on 24 hours surveillance to the thwart their nefarious activities. At about 0024 hours on Friday, 12th August, 2022, the Roving B Team of the Command intercepted five old vehicles (Toyota Camry with Chasis No. 4TIBG22KIWU312145, Toyota Camry with Chasis No. 4TIXK1263NU108237, and three Mazda 626 cars with Chasis Nos JM2GD14H201568566, JMZGF14F201173029 and JMZGF14P20141862 respectively) loaded with 203 bags of foreign perboiled rice of 50kg each abandoned in a bush path in Tobolo Junction, close to an exit point to the Republic of Bénin, and near Ijoun (Yewa North LGA), Ogun State, Nigeria.

“During examination of the seized vehicles and other items, about 1,245 rounds of 70mm (23/4) ammunition of Lion, Trust, Supreme and Redstar branded cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in 20 bags of the intercepted foreign rice.

“While considering the potential danger of ammunition of such magnitude if successfully smuggled in, we redouble our efforts to ensure they do not find their way into the country.

“It’s a threat to safety of the border communities and national security. We are committed to ensuring maximum security of our border lines with all sense of patriotism”, the Command’s boss stated.

Comptroller Makinde concluded that investigation is ongoing to unravel the cartel responsible for the attempted smuggling of the items for arrest and prosecution.