Three Arrested As Police Uncover Illegal Firearms Factory In Benue
No fewer than three suspects were arrested when the Benue State Police Command uncovered an illegal firearms factory at Tse-Tyungu, Kyado District of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.
The police also recovered scores of arms, (finished and unfinished) with various kinds of ammunitions from the factory.
The suspects include 25-year-old Tyowa, Felix and one 18-year-old Aondoyavenga.
Parading the suspects, the State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, said that the factory was discovered and suspects arrested following a tip-off by residents.
Noting that the leader of the gang is still at large, the police commissioner said that those arrested would soon be prosecuted.
He said that the suspects were cooperating with the police investigation, saying, “They have confessed that they have been in the business of manufacturing arms for a long time and that they sell it to people across the country.”
According to him, one of the suspects, Felix who was arrested at Assasi in North Bank area of Makurdi town on May 24 just sold a locally-made Beretta pistol to one Bishop in Abuja for N40,000.
Arms and ammunition discovered include, one fabricated Beretta pistol, one carbon cylinder, one Sumec generating set, one gas cylinder, one Dane gun, one filing machine, one drilling machine, two saws, one tool box, one jute bag containing tools and a motorcycle.”
Makama explained that the command was still investigating the matter, stressing that the police was on the trail of the alleged prime suspect, who reportedly absconded on sighting the Police.