Residents of commercial city of Onitsha Anambra State have been gripped with fear, following the fall of a truck loaded with live bullets in the area.
The Mercedes Benz 911 truck, which fell along Awka road in the city in the early hours of Sunday, had the cartons of the bullets spill into the drainage when it skidded off the road.
The contents made early morning worshippers to raise the alarm, which attracted the presence of heavy security men who cordoned off the arena
Security operatives immediately beseiged the commercial city to scare away perceived invaders.
A source who confirmed the incident said: “The truck fell, and the entire street was full of bullets. Some boys even scooped some with their hands and ran away, before security people arrived the scene.”
The source said the driver of the truck and his truck attendant abandoned the truck after the accident occurred, disappearing to unknown destination.
But another source said the driver was arrested by the police.
“The incident attracted heavy security presence to the Awka Road area and Shoprite axis of the city this morning. The police first arrived the area before soldiers came. They later brought a tipper, and used payloader to scoop bullets into the tipper.
“The Tipper had to make three trips to carry all the bullets to unknown destination before the truck was finally towed out of the ditch,” the source stated.