The Nigerian Army on Wednesday discovered an illegal armed factory in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The troops captured a suspected gun runner, Mohammed Bello, in an Opel Vectra Saloon Car with the fabricated guns heading to Saminaka to link up with his gang leader Damina Saminaka.
In a statement by Sani Kukasheka, Director, Army public relations, the suspects were captured along Akwanga highway and were in possession of fabricated guns their car.
“During preliminary interrogation the suspect claimed to purchase the weapons for Thirty Thousand Naira (N30,000.00k), from a blacksmith gun fabricator named Dan Asabe Audu, who reside at Angbo Village, Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
“Determined to get to the root of the matter, the troops further went to the village where they found out that indeed Dan Asabe Audu has been in the business of illegal arms manufacturing for criminals for quite some time.
“They found a complete arms factory with equipment and the products at various stages of production.
“Specifically, the troops recovered 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,” he said.
However, the army said suspects would soon be handed over to the relevant security agency for further investigation and prosecution.