Troops burst gun manufacturing syndicate in Kaduna
Troops on Operation Hakorin Damisa have uncovered a gun manufacturing factory in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Nigerian Army in a statement said the discovery followed a week-long intelligence operation that finally led to the capture of a wanted gunrunner, Napoleon John who has been on the wanted list of OPSH.
The suspect who confessed to the crime led troops to a concealed factory where arms of different caliber were sold by one Monday Dunia.
When quizzed, Dunia confessed to having been in the business for more than five years fuelling the crisis in Kaduna and neighbouring Plateau States.
A thorough search of the factory led to the recovery of 22 different weapons which included seven pistols, two locally fabricated AK 47 rifles, two military grade AK 47 rifles, and nine revolvers.
Others include one submachine gun, rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, machine tools, and a gas cylinder.
Meanwhile, the troops raided another hideout in Adua 1 village in Kafanchan.
The troops recovered additional 2 x AK-47 Rifles, 2 x revolver rifles, live rounds of 9mm and 7.62 ammunition, 6 x dangerous daggers, one x hacker axe, several empty cases of 7.62mm special rounds, two mobile phones, one fragmental jacket.
Also recovered are two Police uniforms, one military camouflage trousers, one ammunition magazine carrier, one pistol holster, one military grade camel pouch, one police combat helmet, two masks, four identity cards, gunpowder, shrapnels, charms and amulets.
While commending troops for their doggedness and resilience, the GOC/ Commander OPSH also vowed to ensure all fleeing syndicate members were arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He warned sponsors and perpetrators of criminalities to immediately abandon their evil ways and embrace lawful means of livelihood.
General AE Abubakar also thanked the general public for their unwavering support in the fight against criminality and urged them not to relent in furnishing the troops with actionable information.
He further assured to treat information provided with utmost secrecy and confidentiality.
Get the latest news delivered straight to your inbox every day of the week. Stay informed with the Guardian’s leading coverage of Nigerian and world news, business, technology and sports.