- Three suspected firearms fabricators have been arrested by the Benue state police
- Items recovered include a G3 rifle and four G3 empty shells of ammunition
- One of the suspects allegedly abducted and raped a 15-year-old girl in the community
The police in Benue state has arrested three suspected firearms fabricators including a father and son.
The suspects, Thomas Ode alias Tommy, Kingsley Abi and his father, Odah Abi, were apprehended by the police at Oju in Oju local government area, The Nation reports.
According to report, 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.
Others items that were recovered include three locally made baretta magazines, 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.
The commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects were caught in the course of investigating a case of abduction and rape. He said one of the suspects allegedly abducted and raped a 15-year-old girl in the community on May 21.
Oweseni 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.”
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, tribal and opinion leaders in Benue state faulted the federal government's handling of the herdsmen crisis in the state.
Speaking to Legit.ng in Makurdi, the state capital, the leaders also dismissed President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to the state in March, saying the president didn't address the main issues causing the crisis.
Chief Edward Ujege, president, Mdzough U Tiv (MUT), the largest ethnic group in the state, said Buhari's advise to the people of Benue state to accommodate their neighbours, shows the president is not really abreast of the issues in the state.
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