Amid the spiralling banditry in the country’s northern axis, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has seized 73 locally manufactured firearms and 891 cartridges in Kebbi State.
In a tweet on Monday, the Service said the arms and ammunition were concealed in a truck conveying locally produced rice.
It said the contraband was seized after some of its officers on patrol searched the truck. It did not say what day the items were seized.
“Officers of Nigeria Customs Service Federal operation unit zone B, on information patrol along Yauri, Zamare water side in Kebbi State, intercepted a truck loaded with locally produced rice with some sacks concealed under the rice.
“Upon careful examination the bags were found to contain 73 locally manufactured guns and 891 cartridges.
“Three were immediately arrested and are being detained while preliminary investigation is ongoing”, the Service tweeted.