SSS discover explosives and weapons in forest


The items were buried in Okene

Mike Fubura, the Kogi State Director of the State Security Service (SSS) on Wednesday told journalists that SSS operatives found 22 units of Improvised Explosive Device (IED), 13 guns, 545 rounds of live ammunition and other dangerous items in a forest between Edo and Kogi.

Other items recovered were 57 magazines, three pieces of nine-volt
power source, one firing cable, four waist belts (for carrying
magazines) and one black Pathfinder jeep with registration number
Lagos LF 98 AAA.

Fubura, who was accompanied by Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, Commander
Army Headquarters Task Force Battalion, Lokoja, explained that besides
the jeep, the other items were dug out from the forest ground.
He further revealed that the IEDs comprised of 8 units of anti-tank and 14 units of locally made explosives, while some of the explosives were already primed for detonation. Fubura said that a combined team of the SSS, Army, Navy, Airforce and Police personnel carried out the operation, following a tip off.

Some arrests were made but the SSS withheld names of those arrested on the grounds that further investigation was ongoing.

Fubura described the operation as a major breakthrough in the efforts to prevent activities of criminals in the state.

Some of the recovered rifles were believed to have been stolen from the police. Fubura urged residents to assist security agencies with useful information that will help the agency contain the activities of criminals in the area.

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