Soldiers from the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army (NA) have intercepted a Toyota Camry with registration number: JAL 492 AA, laden with ammunition and military uniforms.
In a statement, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the vehicle was intercepted on Tuesday en route to Utanga village towards Obudu in Cross River State.
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The statement reads in part: “Troops deployed at Forward Operating Base, Amana, attempted to stop the vehicle at their checkpoint but the driver evaded the checking and zoomed off. The drivers’ recalcitrance compelled the troops to open fire on the tyres of the vehicle, thereby immobilising it.
“A thorough search conducted on the vehicle revealed it was conveying 72 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) chargers, 121 dynamite liquid, 200 rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO) and 82 rounds of 7.62 mm (special) ammunition.”
Gen Nwachukwu further disclosed that military uniforms and kits were among items recovered in the vehicle.
He urged the public to continue to support them with credible information that would lead to stemming the tide of insecurity across the country.
Maiduguri Road Juma’at Mosque chief imam dies at 52
From Mohammed Ibrahim Yaba, Kaduna
The Chief Imam of Maiduguri Road Juma’at Mosque in Kaduna, Malam Dahiru Lawal Abubakar, has died at the age of 52.
Daily Trust gathered that the chief imam, who was until his death, an Upper Sharia Court judge in Makarfi Local Government Area of the state, died after a brief illness.
He was being treated at the 44 Army Reference Hospital before he died in the early hours of Wednesday.
Shaikh Dr Ahmad Gumi who performed the funeral prayer at the mosque around 1pm amidst the crowd described his death as a great loss to the Muslim ummah.
Abubakar was one of the sons of a late renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Lawal Abubakar, and an older brother to a former editor of Daily Trust newspaper, Malam Nasiru Lawal Abubakar.
His younger brother described him as a father, saying he took over their father’s role as the chief imam of the mosque.
“I just arrived from Abuja, he was like a father because he took over our father’s role, may Allah grant him Jannatul Firdausi, amin,” he simply said.