Three smugglers apprehended with 34, 865 live cartridges in Ogun

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The Police in Ogun State on Saturday paraded three suspects who reportedly smuggled  34, 865 live cartridges from the Republic of Togo into Nigeria through Ogun border.

Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Ahmed Iliyasu, revealed that the ammunitions were  heading towards Onitsha in Anambra State before it was intercepted .

Iliyasu said  the ammunitions, which were reportedly  loaded from the Republic of Togo and passed through Ilara border in Ogun State, were intercepted by vigilant officers   .

According to him, the  suspects – Isa Muhammad, 36,  a Togolese, and two Nigerians; Alabi Fayemi ,25, and  the driver, Seyi Bamgbose 38, attempted to induce his men with money after their arrest . The suspects are cross-boarder smugglers who had been on the watchlist of the Police for six Months.

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“Our operatives on border patrol,  led by ACP Shettima Muhammad, while on  routine patrol of the border area based on intelligence, intercepted a Toyota Dyna Mini truck with registration number KSF254XX  with some cartons neatly concealed therein . No hijab, no vote, Muslim women tell politicians,” he added.

The police chief explained that upon searching the vehicle, 34,865 live catridges were discovered in cartons neatly concealed inside. “The suspects who made attempt to take to their heels were promptly arrested by our men and taken to border patrol base in Imeko together with the vehicle and the ammunition . “Monetary inducement made to our officers was outrightly rejected “.

Speaking with reporters, the Togolese,  Isa, said he was a bus conductor, but, had no job in Togo. He said he met a businessman who bought a vehicle and offered him the job of driver.

“We took the motor from Togo and when we got to Nigeria,  Seyi (pointing at another suspect) said the spring is too small for charcoal business we wanted to do and we were meant to take it to Abeokuta to fix the spring but Police stopped us on the way, saying they are suspecting the vehicle, but, we said we don’t know anything about it, we thought it was the documents they were talking about. I don’t know the owner of the motor, but, he usually  comes to Togo to buy vehicles and ‘okirika’ (used cloths ).

“And when he gave me the vehicle he said we should bring it to Onitsha and call him when we get there. “We were not aware that anything was concealed in the vehicle, we thought we were driving an empty vehicle.

“Our understanding was that when we get to Onitsha, we  will have good jobs. I called him immediately we were arrested and he spoke with the police”.

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