Military uncovers illegal gun factory in benue


The Nigerian military on Monday uncovered an illegal gun factory in Logo Local Government Area of the Benue State and arrested two manufacturers .
The Commander , Operation Whirl Stroke , Maj . Gen . Adeyemi Yekini , said this while parading the two suspects before newsmen at the OPWS headquarters located at the Tactical Air Command in Makurdi on Monday .
Yekini explained that his men , about five weeks ago , received reports of some illegal weapon manufacturers operating between Ukum and Logo local government 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 said .
Yekini said two suspects , Atii Cephas and Mnzuga Teryila , were arrested in Anyiin , Logo and Ukum local government areas .
Corroborating his boss, the Sector Commander of OPWS in charge of Logo and Ukum areas , Capt . Samuel Okenarhe , said “On March 24 , 2019 , we got information that two persons had AK -47 in Anyiin town. But before we got there , I heard that some of the locals were already lynching one of them .
“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 .”
Atii , said he started manufacturing weapons about two years ago after his return from studies abroad and was confronted with financial challenges.
“I started this arms business when I returned from Europe two years ago . All I had vanished due to witchcraft and I had to start all over again . I had this idea of arms manufacturing and I thought to go into it to get money.
“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 N 350 ,000 ,”Atii stated .
However , Yekini said that investigation was ongoing , adding that the troops were on the trail of other members of the group .


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