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Fear grips residents as bullet-laden truck falls in Onitsha

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By Kingsley Ugwu and Maureen Ikpeama

DRIVER of a bullet-laden truck and his conductor  have been arrested by the Anambra State Police Command after the truck upturned and spilt its contents on the road in Onitsha, Anambra State.

It was gathered that as soon as the truck fell into a ditch and spilled its content, live bullets littered the road, which the driver and his conductor, tried to gather together before the police arrived to arrest them.

“The incident occurred on the Awka Road. It was discovered by those going to the church early in the morning. It has attracted heavy security presence to the road. The truck, a Mercedes Benz 911 model, was moving the goods out of Onitsha when the driver lost control and fell into a gutter” a source said.

The report, quoted another source as saying that the truck fell around 5am, adding: “The driver and his conductor tried to quickly remove the contents of the truck, but they could not do much before daybreak when policemen arrived at scene and saw that the truck was carrying live bullets.

“The policemen called for a backup and arrested the truck driver, while his conductor escaped.” he added.t

It was gathered that the army had come to the state police command to take the ammunition.

The source said, “I heard a tipper was brought in by the army and the live bullets were taken away.”

Police public relations officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, said  “I have not been briefed about the incident. I will get back to you when I get the details,”our source quoted.

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