By Taye Obateru, Jos
The Special Task Force (STF) maintaining security in Plateau State has intercepted a truck loaded with explosives on its way to Jos from Kaduna.
The truck with registration plate number XH 379 KMC was arrested early Thursday with a police escort. The policeman was in mufti.
Captain Charles Ekeocha, spokesman for STF said the interception was made at Mistali near Jos.
He said the discrepancies in the waybill of the consignment said to belong to Duwan Company Limited in Jos was purportedly signed in Lagos whereas the vehicle originated from Kaduna a situation that raised suspicion.
He said the movement of such large quantity of explosives without proper security cover was another issue adding, “the commander of the STF, Brigadier General Hassan Umaru has directed that the vehicle with its load be detained pending further investigation as to the end use and properly look into the papers which has discrepancies issue.”
The explosives found in the truck according to the statement include, 15,000 kg of Ammonium Nitrate, 50,000 kg of cordex fuse (500×100) 5,000 pieces of electric detonator [1000 pieces X 5 cases} 1,000 pieces of card relays 25ms ( one case) 80 pieces of electric detonator.
Others are 775 Kg of super power, 25 mm (25 Kg x 31cartons), 5pieces of 4 ft. drilling rod and pieces of 6 ft. drilling rod.