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ANAMBRA: Truck loaded with live bullets falls, spills contents in Onitsha

A TRUCK fully loaded with cartons of live bullets yesterday morning fell into a ditch and spilled its contents on Awka Road in Onitsha as early worshipers made their way to churches.

The incident attracted heavy security presence to the area, where the popular superstore, Shoprite is located.

The accident has further fuelled the tension in the state and across the southeast region, especially given the recent series of attacksand activities linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The truck, a Mercedes Benz 911 model, was said to be moving the goods out of Onitsha to an undisclosed location when the driver lost control and the vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gutter.

An eyewitness narrated that, “the truck fell around 5 am, the driver and his conductor after sustaining minor injuries tried to evacuate and conceal the content of the truck but they could not do much before daybreak when some police operatives arrived the accident scene only to discover the truck was laden with a consignment of live bullets.”

The police subsequently called for backup and instantly arrested the truck driver while his conductor escaped.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenganya Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the incident.

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