Atleast three private vehicles have been intercepted and impounded by the Nigerian Customs after they were found to have been loaded with cartridges concealed in sacks of cassava flour.
The Customs’ Special Assignment Team of Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ intercepted the vehicles at a checkpoint along Igbora axis of Oyo State.
It was learnt that the team, on patrol of the axis yesterday, intercepted the vehicles at about 10 pm along Igbora and that the drivers of the vehicles absconded on sighting the law enforcement agency personnel.
The Customs spokesperson for the unit, Theophilus Duniya, who confirmed the discovery, stated that the vehicles including their contents have been deposited at the station for further investigation.
Duniya listed some of the items discovered during physical examination of the vehicles at their office to include: 751 pieces of AAA, 70mm live Lion Cartridges, sacks of cassava flour and sacks of parboiled rice.
The Acting Customs Comptroller in Charge of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, urged Nigerians assist the agency with useful and timely information that would help in combating smuggling and other illicit actions along the borderlines.
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”.