GHANAIAN security agents seized a truckload of arms and ammunition believed to be on its way to Nigeria and arrested five people, a senior police officer in Accra said on Wednesday.
The Tuesday seizure comes with Nigeria hit by mass protests and a national strike over soaring fuel prices, as well as spiralling violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram.
“The vehicle with Coca-Cola inscription was loaded with the consignment, which included pump action guns, double-barrelled guns and a large quantity of cartridges,” Accra Regional Police Commander, Rose Bio Atinga, told AFP.
Police, acting on a tipoff, arrested two Nigerians and three Ghanaians.
“After a check was conducted, we realised that the vehicle with a (Nigerian) registration number was loaded with ammunition covered by a metal plate,” said Atinga.
“Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed that the consignment was on its way to Nigeria,” she said.
Ghana and Nigeria – two west African countries – are linked by road, by sea and by air.