A 72-year-old man (name withheld), has been arrested for allegedly operating a gun factory by soldiers of the 102 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Brigade, Cpt. Charles Ekeocha, stated this while addressing news men in Suleja, Niger state.
Ekeocha said while initial investigations revealed that three of the factories were in Gwagwalada and Bwari local areas of the FCT, the Suleja factory was discovered during a cordon and search operation in Paiko and Kache in Niger state.
He said items recovered from the suspect included 44 Dane guns, three pistols and different tools for fabrication of guns and assorted weapons.
He further said that preliminary investigation shows that the suspect still have three more local guns factories located within Gwagwalada and Bwari areas of FCT.
The PRO also said the suspect and all his exhibits will be handed over to the Department of State Security (DSS) for further investigation and prosecution.’’
The 72 year-old man, who spoke through an interpreter, said that he had been doing the business for 45 years. The suspect said that his products were sold mostly to hunters and members of vigilance groups at a cost of between N3, 000 to N5, 000.
He stated that he had an expired license for the operation of the factories, saying, “I sell my guns to anybody who comes around.
He promised never to go back to the business if he was released saying he sold his product to anybody in need of them. “If I get out of this, I will not go back to the business,” the suspect said.