An illegal firearms fabricator, Ibrahim Manu, yesterday said he made millions from the trade which he learnt from his father. The 5o0 year old man was arrested by the Niger State Police at Beji Village in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State.
The Nation reports that the man mentioned that firearms fabrication was synonymous with his family and that he had no knowledge it was illegal.
“Everybody in Beji Village knows that my family fabricates firearms. In fact, it was synonymous with the family and I wonder why police could not arrest my father and other members of the family who were into it before I joined.
“I have made a lot of money from fabrication of firearms and other dangerous weapons. I joined this business when was 18 years old and I don’t think there is any business I will do better than this, it is unfortunate.
“I was doing this business as a legal one, not knowing that it was illegal. I go about my fabrication of firearms with no fear of contradiction; I thought it was a normal source of income because police have never arrested any member of my family as a result.”
It was learnt that the suspect was trailed and apprehended by an Armed Robbery Squad, following a tip-off.
It was suspected that Manu sold the weapons to armed robbers. Nevertheless, he said he had no regrets about his profession.
“It is only when you know that you are committing an offence that you would have regrets; ordinarily I don’t have regrets for fabricating firearms, it is a profession.”
The Command’s Public relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said fabricated Dane guns, two long pipes, one vice machine and one drilling machine were recovered from the suspect.
He said Manu would be arraigned in court, when investigation is concluded.