Troop arrests engineer, other for operating illegal firearms factory in Benue

Troop arrests engineer, other for operating illegal firearms factory in Benue

- Two suspects including a telecom engineer have been arrested by the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in Benue

- The suspects, Cephas Ati and Mzunga Tseyina, were arrested for producing illegal firearm in a small Benue community

- Ati and Tseyina were nabbed by the security operatives with firearms including AK47, among others

Two suspects, including a telecom engineer, have arrested and paraded on crime bordering on alleged engagement in the production of illegal firearms in a small community between Taraba and Benue state.

Daily Trust reports that the arrested suspects, Engr. Cephas Ati and Mzunga Tseyina, were nabbed by the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) in Benue on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Speaking on the arrest, OPWS commander, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, revealed that the operation was sequel to the shreds of information received by the troop about the suspects' involvement in production of illegal weapons. He added that they were nabbed on March 24 in Anyin.

Legit.ng gathers that the suspects were arrested with an AK 47 rifle and several arms in different stages of completion.

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One of the suspects, Ati, said he was a qualified telecommunication engineer residing in Wukari community of Taraba state.

He further added that he was arrested while going to Anyin village to deliver a simple rifle which a friend ordered for self defence, and to check his farm.

He said: “I had difficulties starting life all over again from scratch. Since I had ideas of arms manufacturing, having learnt it for five years in Mauritania, I decided to get involved in the business to raise money that would enable me go back to Europe.''

Ati also disclosed that he sold at least 16 rifles to his customers for between N300,000 and N350,000.

He also made confession that pistols were sold for N50,000 each.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidency had offered condolences to the family and friends of Kolade Johnson, a youth who was allegedly shot dead by policemen from Anti-Cultism Unit of Lagos state command on Sunday, March 31.

The presidency took to its Twitter page to offer its condolences to the family and friends of the victim, adding that the team suspected in the shooting had been arrested and were undergoing disciplinary actions.

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