The Benue State Police has arrested three suspected firearms fabricators including a father and son, while in the course of investigating a case of abduction and rape.
A G3 rifle, four G3 empty shells of ammunition, two expended cartridges, two cut-to-size iron barrels for construction of locally fabricated guns and three wooden gun butts were recovered from the suspects identified as Thomas Ode alias Tommy, Kingsley Abi and his father, Odah Abi.
According to Benue State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, the arrest of the firearms fabricators in Oju, Oju Local Government Area (LGA) of the state came, after one of them allegedly abducted and raped a 15-year-old girl in the community on May 21.
It was also gathered that three locally made baretta magasines, three skeletons of locally made pistols, two cut-to-size double barrel for construction of locally made pistol, a toy gun, two iron boxes containing blacksmithing tools, two plastic bottles containing Marijuana seeds and five sachets of Tramadol, were also recovered from the suspects.
Speaking to newsmen, the police boss said;
“The case was reported to the police and in the course of investigation, it was discovered that the suspects also manufactured firearms locally. Investigations have commenced to fish out the people they supplied to and we would also find out other things they have done. The police appreciate the support of law abiding people of Benue State and we continue to count on their partnership towards ensuring security of life and property.”
A similar report disclosed that few months ago, the Benue State Police Command uncovered an illegal firearms factory at Tse-Tyungu, Kyado District of Ukum Local Government Area of the state. The team of police has consequently arrested three suspects, with several finished and unfinished firearms recovered.
Parading the suspects and the recovered items shortly after flagging off the Show of Strength campaign, which comprises members of security agencies in the state on Tuesday, the state Police Commissioner said the discovery was made following a tip-off.