-by our correspondent.
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Special Assignment Team of Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ recently intercepted three Mazda Saloon cars loaded with cartridges concealed in sacks of cassava flour.
A statement signed by the zone’s Public Relations Officer, Theophilus Duniya, said the incident occurred while officers of the Nigeria Customs service were on information patrol on Sunday at about 10pm along Igbora axis of Oyo State.
According to Duniya, the drivers abandoned their vehicles on sighting the NCS official who later discovered 751 pieces of AAA, 70mm live Lion Cartridges, sacks of cassava flour and sacks of parboiled rice vehicle during physical examination of the vehicles in the office.
“However, the vehicles including their contents have been deposited at the Unit Headquarters for further investigation.” The statement read.
Meanwhile, the Acting Customs Comptroller in Charge of the Unit, DC Hussein Ejibunu, has called on members of the public to provide useful and timely information that would help in combating smuggling in the country.
“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” He said.