Enugu State Police Command, on Tuesday, arrested a luxury bus conveying several dozens of army uniform at Amalla, a border town in Udenu Local Government Area of the state.
The luxurious bus, registered under Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), as a Federal Government Assisted Mass Transits, had vehicle number KUJ 745XA, with company number 034, was said to have taken off from Dan Dollars Park at Aba, in Abia State to Kaduna for the delivery of the uniforms.
Police personnel attached to the National Task Force (NATFORCE) arrested the driver and conductor of the bus.
A police source told Daily Times that the army camouflages were mixed up with the type worn by senior officers from the rank of Second-Lieutenant to Generals in the Nigerian army, on peace keeping mission, while the rest were the general camouflage of the military.
The Police source added that officers on duty sensed danger, when the bus refused to stop after it was flagged down.
“This compelled our men to pursue them, and after several gunshots on the bus, the driver stopped and our men discovered the army camouflages neatly stocked in a bag covered with other goods.”
The driver of the vehicle Philip Tsaku, 42, from Nasarawa State, said he was not aware of the contents loaded in the bags, as he was only handed the manifests which bore names and phone numbers of owners of the goods.
Tsaku said: “I don’t know what I was carrying inside the bags. I returned from Lagos the previous night only to be told to proceed on another trip to Kaduna to deliver the goods to their owners with the manifests which contains names and phone number of owners handed over to the conductor.
Also, the conductor of the vehicle, Boka Adamu, 37, said he was only given the way bill in the office, but was not told what the goods were.
Adamu said: “My duty, as soon as we arrive Kaduna is to call the numbers on the manifest and the owners of the lines will come and collect the goods, which were paid for at our Aba office.
He maintained that it was not their duty to know what was contained in the bag, but to drop the goods in Kaduna, Zaria, Abuja, and their last stop in Kano to their owners.
Daily Times recalled that sometime last year similar military uniforms were intercepted at the same point, with 21 people suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group by operatives of NATFORCE.
The Police Area Commander Nsukka, ACP Haladu Musa, said police condemned the illegal dealing in military uniforms by unauthorised civilians and said the case had been transferred to the State Command Headquarters for further investigation.
He thanked the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adamu Muhammed, for providing Nsukka Area Command with several new KIA cars for proper surveillance of the area and promised that the security agents would not relent in the fight against criminal activities.