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 . ”
During interview with journalists , one of the suspects , 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 N 50, 000 each and AK – 47 which is sold for between N 320 , 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 .