Army intercepts explosives, ammunition in Cross River

The Nigerian Army has said its men stationed at Amana, Obudu local government area of Cross River state, intercepted explosives, assorted ammunition and military uniforms, which were en route Utanga village of the state.

A press statement, signed by Brigadier General Onyeama Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, and made available to Blueprint in Calabar, Wednesday, said the items were loaded in a Toyota Camry vehicle which was immobilized when it tried to escape from the army checkpoint.

The statement read: “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 munitions while en route Utanga village towards Obudu Mountains in Cross River State.

“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.”