The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area 1 Command, said it intercepted 975 ammunitions concealed in five bags of rice along Palace/Ayetoro road in Imeko Afon Local Government of the state.
Acting Area Controller of the command, Ahmadu Shuaibu, told newsmen on Wednesday in Idiroko that the seizure made on Nov. 27 was based on intelligence report received by the command, which prompted them to deploy officials to confront those involved in bringing the ammunition into the country.
He said the NCS had been actively monitoring the activities of smugglers involved in trafficking live ammunition for about a week prior to the seizure.
The acting controller said intelligence report indicated that the ammunition, specifically 975 rounds of red stars cartridges, was concealed in five bags of rice and hidden away in a bush path.
“We recognise the potential danger of arms and ammunition trafficking which is life-threatening and we shall not renege in our efforts to combat smuggling activities in its entirety,” he said.