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JUST IN: Troops intercept car laden with explosives in Cross River


Troops of 13 Brigade operating under command of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, June 21, intercepted a Toyota Camry car with registration number JAL 492 AA, ladened with assorted ammunition en route to Utanga village towards Obudu Mountains in Cross River State.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a press release obtained by News Band on Wednesday.

According to Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Amana attempted to stop the vehicle at their checkpoint but the driver evaded the checking and zoomed off.

He said that the driver’s recalcitrance compelled the troops to open fire on the tyres of the vehicle, thereby immobilizing it.

When the Army operatives conducted a thorough search on the vehicle, it was revealed that it was conveying 72 Improvised Explosive Device chargers, 121 Dynamite Liquid, 200 rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO) and 82 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition.

Other items recovered in the intercepted vehicle are military uniforms and kits.

The Army Public Relations Director urged members of the public to kindly continue to support security operatives with credible information that will lead to stemming the tide of insecurity across the country.

When contacted, a security personnel, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed suspicion that the consignment may have originated from Taraba State putting into consideration the registration number of the vehicle “JAL 492 AA” which shows it was registered in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

Toyota Camry car with registration number JAL 492 AA
Toyota Camry car with registration number JAL 492 AA conveying assorted ammunitions and military uniforms and kits in Cross River State

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