Suspect arrested as military uncovers gun factory in Plateau, recovers arms

The Nigerian military says it has discovered a Gun factory in a building in Pakachi Village of Mangu local government area of Plateau State.

The spokesperson for the Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), Captain Oya James, maade this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The operation said troops of the command, operating under HAKORIN DAMISA IV, also arrested one suspect in the building, while a large cache of firearms and ammunition were found.

This development comes amidst efforts by the security agencies to end the wanton killings and perennial insecurity in Mangu general area, where incessant attacks by armed Fulani herders have led to killing of thousands and destruction of properties.

The operation said the gun factory was discovered during a clearance operation by troops on rugged mountainous terrain.

He said, “Troops of the operation discovered an isolated structure which turned out to be a weapons fabrication factory situated on a high ground in the village.

Suspect arrested as military uncovers gun factory in Plateau, recovers arms

“The operation resulted in the arrest of Mr. Tapshak Plangji, a 25-year-old male, suspected to be involved in the illegal activities at the factory. The alleged owner of the facility, Mr. Nuhu Meshack, is currently at large and efforts are underway to bring him to justice.

“Items recovered from the facility include: 5 AK 47 Rifles, 4 AK 47 Magazines, 11 Rounds of 7.62mm Ammunition, Rounds of 9mm Ammunition, 21 Dane Guns, 4 Revolver Rifles, 11 Pistols with 5 Magazines, 17 Gun Barrels, 6 Rounds of 0.44 Inch Ammunition;

“A Carbide Cylinder with Accessories , 3 Saws, 12 Filing Machines, 4 Hammers, 6 Manual Drilling Machines, 2 Electrically Operated Filing Machines, 2 G-Clamps, one Spraying Machine, one Tiger Generator, and Assorted Drilling Irons,” he said.

Captain James said, “The successful operation was a testament to the commitment of the troops in collaboration with other security agencies in the fight against illegal arms proliferation and criminal activities within our communities.”

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