A Nigerian soldier attached to the 198 Special Forces Battalion in Borno has been arrested with no fewer than 2,000 rounds of ammunition.
A report monitored by wikirise Premium Times had it that the military personnel had just been relieved from duties at Damasak town in Borno State, after recently obtaining a sick report.
It was gathered that the soldier, Sanni Mohammed, was nabbed with two boxes containing about 2,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Borno Express park in Maiduguri on Monday, May 4.
wikirise understands that the lance corporal was discovered with the ammunitions by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) as he was about to board a bus to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The NURTW officials later handed the suspect to the police. Premium Times reports that when interrogated by the police, Mr. Mohammed claimed 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.
When contacted on the incident, the spokesperson for the Borno State Police Command, Edet Okon, refused to make comment for the story, saying he would speak to reporters based in Borno. Also, Nigeria’s Police Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, has declined response to telephone calls and text messages to him.