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The new way criminals are using to smuggle weapons and ammunitions calls for concern.

Insecurity and crime rate is at an all time high, which leaves security operatives with an uphill task of maintaining law and order in the society. Criminals have devised new and cunning methods of perpetrating crime, that is why we must commend the security operatives for putting in more efforts to ensure that criminals are apprehended and brought to book.

Photo of police parading arms and ammunitions seized from criminals. Credit: Google. For illustrative purpose only.

The new way criminals are using to smuggle arms and ammunitions calls for concern because security operatives will have to be more vigilant or go extra miles to catch the perpetrators of these crimes. Most criminals now smuggle arms and ammunitions from one part of the country to another by disguising or packaging the arms as food items, they hide weapons in food sacks and bags because it is a less suspicious way that will allow them to disguise as traders.

Although the security operatives are now unfolding their hideous plan, more attention needs to be drawn to this method of weapon smuggling. Just days ago, the Delta state police command arrested a man with about 340 rounds of live ammunitions (AK-47) which was hidden in a bag of Garri (cassava flake), the suspect whose name is Solomon Ebe was arrested by a police stop and search team who decided to search the suspect based on suspicion.

Photo of man arrested in Delta state with 340 rounds of live ammunition. Credit: Lindaikejiblog.

In June, 2021, 3 women were also arrested in Kano when about 818 rounds of live ammunition which was hidden in bag of rice got uncovered, the suspects were arrested after motorists at the park discovered that the bag was extremely heavy, after opening the bag they discovered the live ammunitions and officers at the park arrested the suspect who claimed that someone asked her to deliver the bag of rice to another woman, she claimed that she was not aware of the contents in the bag. They were trying to move the ammunitions from Kano to Bayelsa but unfortunately their evil plan was aborted.

Suspect arrested with ammunitions hidden in a bag of rice. Credit: Lindaikejiblog.

Lots of cases like this have been surfacing recently and this calls for concern, security operatives needs to be vigilant for criminals who are looking to exploit this method of weapon smuggling.

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