It came following a tip off from members of the public and promptly the soldiers and officers of 35 Artillery Brigade Alamala Ogun state swung into action.
Within minutes of the deployment to man some check points, three truck transporting 300,000 cartridges of pump action gun ammunition, arrive the scene.
Initially the drivers and the civilian escort feign ignorance of the consignment, as they told the soldiers that nothing was in the vehicle.
But a careful search proved otherwise and in a twinkle of an eye, the drivers and their conductors bolted into the bush.
The soldiers never relent as they fired shots into the bush, but the suspected gun runners have bolted.
When the dust settled, three trucks loaded with over 300, 000 live cartridges were in the net of the Brigade.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the division, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, disclosed this to journalists at a news conference at the division’s headquarters in Lagos.
The GOC who was represented by the 35 Artillery Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Olusegun Olatunde said: “The 81 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with some security agencies on May 30 at about 2:58 a.m. intercepted three 5-ton trucks loaded with thousands of live cartridges.’’
He said the trucks, which were intercepted at Balogun Village on Igbogila-Ilara road, Ogun, State, had registration numbers Anambra AAH 409 ZV, Lagos BDG 782 XU and Lagos GGF 88 XU.
“The live cartridges in boxes and cartons were carefully concealed in a wooden platform with metallic plates,” he added.
The GOC said that the drivers and their accomplices, on sighting the troops, abandoned their trucks and fled.
He said the team was on the trail of the fleeing drivers, their collaborators as well as sponsors.
The GOC, who said the interception followed a tip off received from well meaning Nigerians, thanked residents of Lagos and Ogun for their continued cooperation.
He urged them to always give timely information, pledging not to relent until the area was rid of cultism, smuggling, vandalism and other violent criminal activities.
Udoh further enjoined members of the public to continue to call the dedicated numbers released to the public or the nearest military barrack to give useful information.