A fully loaded truck with cartons of live bullets yesterday morning fell into a ditch in Onitsha, Anambra State, spilling its content in the street of the commercial city.
According to THISDAY the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, May 9 along Awka Road as worshipers made their way to church, causing panic and fear among residents.
It was not clear where the truck came from, but it was said to be moving the live bullets out of Onitsha to a yet to be ascertained location.
The driver of the truck, a Mercedes Benz 911, and his conductor sustained minor injuries after the truck lost control, skidded off the road and fell into a gutter, with its content spilling in the process. Some boys even scooped some with their hands and ran away, before security agents arrived at the scene.
According to Sun News, the driver and his conductor tried to evacuate and conceal the content of the truck, but could not do much before daybreak then disappearing into thin air when some police operatives arrived the scene.
“The incident attracted heavy security presence in the Awka Road area and Shoprite axis of the city this (yesterday) morning. The police first arrived in the area before soldiers came. They later brought a tipper, and used pay loader to scoop the scattered bullets into the tipper.
“The tipper had to make three trips to carry all the bullets to unknown destination before the truck was finally towed out of the ditch.”
When THISDAY contacted the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, he denied any knowledge of the incident.
He said: “I have received a report of a fallen truck in that area, but I was not told the content of the truck. If I get to know anything new, I will let you know.”