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Nigeria: Army intercepts trucks carrying over 300,000 live cartridges.

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The Nigerian army on Thursday morning intercepted three trucks that were carrying over 300,000 pump action rifle cartridges.

According an official, the consignment is believed to have come from Benin Republic but that authorities were yet to ascertain their destination.



The incident occured in a town located in the southwestern Ogun State. Occupants of the vehicles fled after they were stopped, security forces are currently on their trail, Brigadier general Olaniiyi Olatunde told pressmen.

Media reports indicate that the ammunitions were concealed in an in-built compartment of the trucks. Adding that the soldiers only discovered the arms after they had removed the in-built boards.

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The army confirmed that the success of the operation was largely due to cooperation by members of the public who volunteered information.

”Following calls received from well-meaning Nigerians, our patrol teams in Anti Smuggling, Anti Pipeline Vandalization, on 30th May, 2028, at about 2.58 am, in conjunction with the Police, State Security Service, SSS, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other well-meaning Nigerians , intercepted the trucks loaded with cartridges at Balogun village, at Agbogila road, Ilara road.

“The cartridges were contained in boxes concealed in a way that it will be difficult for any usual patrol or checkpoint to discover.

“When our troops stopped them for stop and search, the occupants took to their heels . We pursued them but didn’t get any of them. Troops are still on their trail,” he said.

Nigeria’s security mix is complex as government continues to battle remnants of Boko Haram in the northeast. In the middle belt, communal clashes have left thousands dead whiles the north also suffers from kidnappings and cattle rustling.

Until late last year, the southeast was also heated as the army was deployed to deal with Biafra separatists. The southsouth and southwest have largely remained peaceful over the years.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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