By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Tension and palpable fear has taken over the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State as a Mercedes Benz 911 model truck laden with cartons of live bullets in the early hours of Sunday skidded off the road and landed in a ditch, spilling its contents.
It was gathered that the incident occurred along the ever busy Awka road while people where heading to church.
Information has it that the truck, 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.
According to an eyewitness, “The truck fell around 5am, 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 scene to discover the truck was laden with a confinement of live bullets.”
The police subsequently called for backup and instantly arrested the truck driver while his conductor escaped.
“The incident attracted heavy security presence to the Awka Road area and Shoprite axis of the city.”
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the incident, but promised to revert back on confirmation of the incident.