Soldier arrested over carting boxes with 2,000 rounds of ammunition in Borno

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Story from Najib SANI, Bauchi

A Nigerian soldier, Sanni Mohammed, has been arrested with two boxes containing about 2,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

According to PremiumTimes, the soldier, a lance corporal, was arrested at the Borno Express park in Maiduguri on Monday by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) as he was about to board a bus to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

It was gathered that the NURTW officials later handed the suspect to the police.
PremiumTimes sources said the soldier attached to 198 Special Forces Battalion, had just been relieved from duties at Damasak town in Borno State, after recently obtaining a sick report.

Mohammed told the police during interrogation that he sourced the ammunition from a broken-down vehicle in his unit.

Other items found in his possession were a three-day excuse duty and two reports of hospital tests. The army has since told the police that the soldier was not issued a pass or given medical leave to travel.

A military insider said the army is waiting on the police to hand over the soldier to it for a detailed investigation of the matter.

The Borno State Police Command spokesperson, Edet Okon, declined to comment, saying he would speak to reporters based in Borno.

His boss, Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, neither responded to telephone calls nor replied to text messages.

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