Alleged Ammunition Theft in Maiduguri
In a recent development in Maiduguri, Borno State, three soldiers have been taken into custody by Operation Desert Sanity troops on suspicion of stealing ammunition.
The arrest occurred during a covert operation at the Maiduguri auto parks along Njimtilo Road.
Covert Operation and Suspects’ Destination
According to a military source, the soldiers were apprehended while one of them was heading to Abuja, and the other two were en route to Markudi.
The operation uncovered suspicious activities at the Maiduguri auto parks, leading to the soldiers’ detention.
Details of the Ammunition Concealment
The military source revealed that one of the soldiers had concealed 250 rounds of 7.62 MM ammunition, hidden inside a rice bag.
Another soldier, bound for Markudi, was arrested with four fully-loaded magazines and 110 rounds concealed in a mudu of rice. The third soldier, heading to Abuja, was apprehended with 14 rounds of 7.62 MM ammunition.
Ongoing Investigation and Lack of Official Comment
As of now, the suspects are in custody, and further investigation is underway to determine the extent of their involvement and any potential motives.
Despite efforts to obtain official comments, Major General Buba Edward, Director of Defence Media Operations, was unavailable for comment at the time of filing this report.
Conclusion: Soldiers in Custody Amidst Suspected Ammunition Theft
The apprehension of three soldiers in Maiduguri on suspicion of stealing ammunition raises concerns about internal security.
As the investigation progresses, more details may emerge regarding the motives and potential implications of this alleged security breach.