Monday, 25 January 2016

ILLEGAL ARMS FACTORY: Police burst syndicate, arrest kidnap gang, rescue victims

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

The Benue state Police Command has smashed an illegal firearms manufacturing syndicate in Kwande Local Government Area of the state.  They are  alleged to be involved in the production and sale of arms to criminals from other parts of the country.

The command also recovered different types of firearms, unfinished locally made guns, working tools, live ammunition and cartridges from the suspects.

Parading members of the gang along with 31 other suspects apprehended for various crimes in parts of the state, at the Command headquarters in Makurdi, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Yakadi, said the command also recovered over 17 different types of firearms and 85 live ammunition, cartridges and other exhibits from the suspects.

Among those also paraded, was a four-man kidnap gang who, last week, allegedly abducted one Yakubu Odoma at Naka town, in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.

He said the gang had, last week, stormed the home of their victim in Naka, in a Toyota Corolla car, with registration number AE 949 UGG, and took him away to an unknown destination.

“His wife alerted the Police and our Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, swung into action immediately; the victim was rescued and all the masterminds, including Wilfred Igbadio, Tarza Ajiir, Monday Yorgongbi and Sunday Iortyange, were arrested.

“Among the items recovered from gang were one AK 47 rifle without magazine, one Automatic Pump Action, one locally made Barretta pistol with two rounds of .9mm live ammunition and six cartridges.”

The Commissioner of Police, who stated that his command had declared an all out onslaught against perpetrators of crimes and criminality in the state, urged all criminals to leave the state or be prepared for a showdown with the Police.

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