By Etuka Sunday
The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo-Oshun Area Command, yesterday took seizure of 30,000 rounds of live ammunition in the Oke Ogun axis of the State.
The seizure, according to reports was the major breakthrough since the government ordered intensified crackdown against illegal arms trade across Nigeria. It came on the heels of series of intelligence reports of renewed smuggling in vulnerable areas under the command.
Oyo-Oshun Area Controller of Customs, Richard Oteri, told reporters that the seizure was made by his men on Monday in Atisbo Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Oteri said efforts would be intensified towards inter agency cooperation, active and efficient intelligence network and serious clampdown on smuggling of any sort.
The intercepted delivery was heading to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where it would be delivered to an undisclosed destination.
The driver of the 18 sitter bus conveying the ammunition which were carefully concealed with tubers of yam was arrested while the owners of the contraband remains at large.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, Musa Kimo, lauded the efforts of the Oyo-Oshun Area Command of Customs and assured them that the suspect arrested with the ammunition would be prosecuted while further investigations would commence to fish out those behind the deadly trade.
The arrested driver of the bus, Mr Abdulraheem Adegoke, claimed ignorance of the crime.