The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted in Kebbi State 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges concealed in sacks in a truckload of locally produced rice.
Three suspects were immediately arrested over the items and are being detained while preliminary investigations continue, according to a statement from the NCS Public Relations Officer, DC Joseph Attah.
Officers of the unit patrolling along Yauri, Zamare waterside in the state had intercepted the truck loaded with local rice, but upon careful examination, some of the bags were found to contain firearms and bullets.
Speaking on the development, Comptroller Hamisu Albashir said the interception was a signal to all those intending to bring harmful items into the country that Zone B was a no-go route.
He called on members of the public, especially border community dwellers, to provide credible information for effective border security.