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Soldiers nab two illegal makers of sub-machine guns, AK-47, pistols in Benue

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The headquarters of Operation Whirl Stroke, an ongoing particular army operation in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states, says it has arrested two suspected arms producers in Logo Local Government Area of Benue.

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The OPWS commander, Maj-Gen Adeyemi Yekini, who disclosed this whereas addressing journalists on Monday in Makurdi, mentioned that the 2 suspects have been arrested by the OPWS sector command in Logo, following a tip-off from native informants.

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Yekini mentioned that after native sources had revealed to the OPWS headquarters the actions of the manufactures, it took them 4 weeks of surveillance operations to determine the factories and the suspects.

He mentioned that after processing all the data at its disposal, the data was relayed to its sector command for motion.

According to him, it was the sector command that arrested the suspected arms producers at completely different websites in Tine Nune village.

Also talking, the sector commander of the OPWS within the space, Capt. Samuel Okinahi, mentioned it was not a simple job arresting the suspects.

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He mentioned that a number of weapons have been recovered from the manufacturing websites, including that the suspected producers admitted having prospects in Benue and Taraba states.

He mentioned that the 2 suspects have been arrested on March 24 by operatives of the Command.

Speaking to newsmen, one of many suspects claimed to have studied Telecommunication Engineering in Mauritania for 5 years, earlier than returning to Nigeria.

The suspect additionally claimed to have acquired the abilities of arms manufacturing whereas learning overseas, however lamented that every one efforts to safe a viable enterprise failed owing to the actions of witches in his neighborhood.

“Upon my return to the nation, all my efforts at getting a viable enterprise to do failed owing to my folks’s witchcraft.

“Having expended all my resources on other businesses to no avail, I decided to take advantage of the lingering communal crises in my community to venture into arms manufacture to make a living,” he mentioned.

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He mentioned that every AK-47 machine gun they manufacture prices between N350,000 and N400,000, whereas a pistol goes for N150,000.

He mentioned he had been within the enterprise for 2 years and had acquired quite a few prospects each in Benue and Taraba states.

Some of the arms that the OPWS mentioned have been manufactured by the suspects included sub-machine weapons, AK-47, pistols, knives and different assorted native weapons.

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