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Arrest of Arms-Laden Truck Triggers Tension in Kwara



As the countdown to the general elections in the country continues, the Kwara state police command has impounded trucks laden with arms and ammunition at Kosubosu, a border town in Baruten local government council of the state.

The state police commissioner, Mr. Salihu Garba, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Ilorin on Saturday, said the arrests were made separately on Friday and Saturday.

He said he had dispatched men from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to go and bring the vehicles and the human suspects to the state headquarters of the command.

Garba vowed that the state police command would commence full investigations into the incident so as to fish out other culprits in the act.

Police sources said one of the vehicles, a truck marked Lagos XU 110 BDG, was said to be coming from Burkina-Faso to Ibadan before officials of the Kosubosu Divisional Police Headquarters nabbed the driver alongside another accomplice.

The police source said the ammunition, which comprised several cartons of cartridges, were kept in a hidden place in the truck.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the council area, Mallam Mohammed Omar-Bio, while reacting to the development, described the incidence as sad especially at the time that elections are approaching.

The chairman, who also was at the police station to inspect the ammunition, applauded the Nigeria Police in the area for their gallantry and doggedness, calling for an immediate promotion of the officers.

ThisDay, February 08, 2015

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