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Military uncovers illegal gun factory in Benue

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The Nigerian navy on Monday uncovered an unlawful gun manufacturing unit in Logo Local Government Area of the Benue State and arrested two producers.

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The Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, stated this whereas parading the 2 suspects earlier than newsmen on the OPWS headquarters situated on the Tactical Air Command in Makurdi on Monday.

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Yekini defined that his males, about 5 weeks in the past, acquired studies of some unlawful weapon producers working between Ukum and Logo native authorities areas of the state.

“On getting the report, our intelligence team set out to investigate and after four weeks of surveillance, we were able to arrest the culprits,” Yekini stated.

Yekini stated two suspects, Atii Cephas and Mnzuga Teryila, have been arrested in Anyiin, Logo and Ukum native authorities areas.

Corroborating his boss, the Sector Commander of OPWS accountable for Logo and Ukum areas, Capt. Samuel Okenarhe, stated “On March 24, 2019,  we bought data that two individuals had AK-47 in Anyiin city. But earlier than we bought there, I heard that among the locals have been already lynching one in every of them.

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“On sighting us, they ran away and we arrested the person with the AK-47 and when we interrogated him, he told us that he manufactured the weapons in Tine Unune in Ukum LGA. Same evening, we got another report that the suspect who ran away was seen in his house and we laid ambush and got him that night in Zaki Biam Ukum LGA.  He led us to the manufacturing plant.  We raided the place and recovered several weapons that are in different stages of completion.”

During interview with journalists, one of many suspects, Atii, stated he began manufacturing weapons about two years in the past after his return from research overseas and was confronted with monetary challenges.

“I began this arms enterprise after I returned from Europe two years in the past. All I had vanished because of witchcraft and I needed to begin once more. I had this concept of arms manufacturing and I assumed to enter it to get cash.

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“I studied telecommunication engineering but I had no job. I needed to do something to make money. I learnt arms manufacturing in Mauritania. I have so far supplied over 16 arms including pistols which sell for N50,000 each and AK-47 which is sold for between N320,000.00 and N350,000,”Atii said.

However, Yekini stated that investigation was ongoing, including that the troops have been on the path of different members of the group.

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