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Army Uncovers Gun Factory In Benue State, Arrests Manufacturer And 9 others

Operatives of the joint military intervention force,
code-named Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, have
uncovered another firearms manufacturing plant
in Benue State.
The operatives also successfully arrested the
arms manufacturer alongside nine others,
including a wanted alleged kidnap kingpin and
cattle rustlers operating between Benue and
Nasarawa states axis.
Parading the suspects at the OPWS headquarters
in Makurdi, the Force Commander, Major General
Adeyemi Yekini, said six of the suspects were
arrested in Nasarawa State, while four others
were apprehended in Benue State. He explained
that the arms manufacturing plant and the
fabricator, Shekwa Terna, were discovered in
Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State,
following a tip-off.
General Yekini noted that “our operation is
currently centered on breaking the supply chain of
weapon proliferation in the country, because the
increasing spate of arms manufacturing is
alarming and it is fuelling criminal activities in the
country.
“We are targeting weapon manufacturers as a
way of breaking the supply chain with a view to
reducing the amount of weapons in circulation
and curtailing the spate of armed banditry and
other criminal activities in the country.”
He added that Seidu Muhammadu, a notorious
kidnap kingpin and cattle rustler, along with some
of his accomplices, were nabbed in Nasarawa
State while Moses Dzever, a gang member of the
wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, alias
Gana, with one other member responsible for
Gana’s logistics, was also arrested in Benue.
The arms manufacturer, who confessed to the
crime, said he took over the business from his
elder brother after he was arrested by the military
months backs.
In his words: “I learned the work from my elder
brother, who had earlier been apprehended. After
his arrest, I took over the business. I was
sleeping in my house when they came and
arrested me. I sell the rifles to people in my
community, while I sell the pistols to a client from
Onitsha.
“Sometimes, when my client from Onitsha comes,
he buys up to 15 weapons at once. So far, I have
sold over 50 weapons since I started. But I now
regret my action and wished I never went into this
in the first place.”



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