Troops of Nigerian Army have effected the arrest of Mohammed Bello, a suspected local arms dealer and his partner who specializes in manufacturing of weapons, Dan Asabe Audu in Nasarawa state.
He was arrested along the Akwanga highway of Nasarawa State, on Wednesday in an Opel Vectra Saloon Car with the fabricated guns heading to Saminaka to link up with his gang leader Damina Saminaka.
The suspect, during preliminary interrogation claimed to have purchased the weapons for thirty thousand naira (N30,000), from a blacksmith gun fabricator named Dan Asabe Audu, who reside at Angbo Village, Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
His confession motivated the troops to go in search of Dan Asabe Audu where they were able to confirm he has been in the business of illegal arms manufacturing for criminals for quite sometime.
A complete arms factory with equipment and the products at various stages of production was also discovered by the troops.
3 completely locally fabricated guns, 20 locally fabricated guns at various stages of production, 7 units of 9mm empty cases, one 9mm blank ammunition, 2 drilling machine, 1 power generating set and 3 mobile telephone handsets were recovered from the manufacturer.
A statement by the Army director of public relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the suspects would soon be handed over to the relevant security agency for further investigation and prosecution.
Photo Credit: Nigerian Army