NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
July 13, 2013
The Army has announced the interception of a petrol tanker vehicle loaded with arms and ammunition in Kebbi.
The Commanding Officer, 1 Battalion,
Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Sunday Ilori, told
newsmen on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi
that the vehicle, bearing the logo of Mobil Oil, was intercepted on July 11, in a joint operation with men of the State Security Service.
He listed the items recovered in the fuel
compartment of the oil tanker as three
AK 47 rifles, one RPG-2, nine AK 47
magazines, two bombs, three RPG
chargers and 790 rounds of 7.62mm
“The arrest and confiscation of arms was sequel to the ongoing operations of the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army with headquarters in Sokoto, against
insurgency and insurgent activities
within its area of responsibility. “The efforts resulted in the arrest of one suspect, arms and ammunition and a petrol tanker on July 11, 2013 after a
combined operation between the 1
Battalion of the Nigerian Army and the
State Security Service,” Ilori said.
He added that two other suspects had escaped when the vehicle was intercepted, assuring that investigation
was on to “unravel the source and
ownership of the arms and ammunition”. The commanding officer appealed to the public to continue supporting the Army and other security agencies in the current war against insurgents in the country.
The suspect claimed that he was paid
N500,000 to deliver the items to Sokoto
and that the owners had threatened to
eliminate his family.