Troops of 13 Brigade have intercepted a Toyota Camry smuggling explosives and other assorted ammunition in Calabar, Cross River state.

Onyeama Nwachukwu, army spokesperson, said the vehicle was carrying 71 chargers of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other items.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, he said the vehicle was heading towards Utanga village, Obudu.

He said the driver attempted to evade the troops after an attempt to stop and search the vehicle at the checkpoint.

“Troops of 13 Brigade operating under command of 82 Division, Nigerian Army on Tuesday 21 June 2022, intercepted a Toyota Camry car with registration number JAL 492 AA, ladened with assorted munition while enroute Utanga village towards Obudu Mountains in Cross River State,” the statement reads.

“Troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Amana attempted to stop the vehicle at their checkpoint but the driver evaded the checking and zoomed off. The drivers recalcitrance
compelled the troops to open fire on the tyres of the vehicle, thereby immobilizing it.

“A thorough search conducted on the vehicle revealed 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.

“Members of the public are please urged to continue to support our troops with credible information that will lead to stemming the tide of insecurity across the country.”

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