Policemen in Benue State under Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have arrested three gun manufacturers for producing and selling dangerous arms in the state. The police also seized their working tools.
The three arrested gun producers (names withheld) were said to have been manufacturing sophisticated weapons including pistols and daggers for cultists and other persons of questionable character who have been terrorising innocent residents of the state.
The commissioner of police in charge of the state, Mr. Kakwe Chris Katso, who disclosed this in Makurdi, said the command was determined to permanently eradicate crime in the state. He said the development would enhance relative peace and ensure the protection of lives and property of the citizenry.
The police had, since his assumption of duties three months ago, arrested over 200 cultists and criminals.
According to Katso, the activities of the arrested gun producers were promoting rampant criminality in the state. Men of the SARS, he said, acted on a tip-off .
He said the weapon manufacturers were arrested in a village located almost at the borders between Katsina-Ala LGA and Zaki-Biam town in Ukum LGA, where, according to Katso, the gun manufacturers were fabricating the dangerous fire arms, using working tools such as the vice, drillers, big hammers, files and saws, as well as gas-welding appliances.