Police bursts illegal firearms factory in Benue
Ibrahim Idris, IGP
Benue State Police Command has arrested three persons in connection with an alleged illegal arms factory in a Benue State
The illegal firearms factory according sources is located at Tse-Tyungu, Kyado District of Ukum Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects allegedly found with several finished and unfinished firearms with them sources further said were helping the police in their investigation.
Parading the suspects and the recovered items shortly after flagging off the Show of Strength campaign, which comprised all members of security agencies in the state, Benue state Police Commissioner, Bashir Makama, said the discovery was made following a tip-off.
He added that the prime suspect in the business, now at large, had been into the manufacturing of the weapons for long, which were being sold to buyers in the state and other parts of the country. Explaining further the circumstances that led to the discovery, the Commissioner said: “Following the arrest of one Felix at Assasi in North Bank area of Makurdi town on May 24, based on reliable information, the suspect confessed to being a distributor and had sold a locally-made Beretta pistol to one Bishop in Abuja for N40, 000.
“During our investigation, the suspect led operatives to the arms factory at Tse-Tyungu, Kyado District, where several types of guns were being manufactured.”
“Two suspects, 25-year-old Tyowa and 18-year-old Aondoyavenga, were arrested at the plant. Items and exhibits recovered from the factory include one carbon cylinder, one gas cylinder, one Sumec generating set, one Dane gun, one fabricated Beretta pistol, 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.