Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) have uncovered a gun manufacturing factory in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, recovering no less than 26 weapons in the process.
Authorities say this discovery followed a week-long intelligence operation that finally led to the arrest of a wanted gunrunner, identified as Napoleon John, who has been on the wanted list of OPSH.
The suspect led troops to a concealed factory where arms of different calibre were sold by another miscreant identified as Monday Dunia. Dunia confessed to have been in the business for more than five years fuelling the crisis in Kaduna and neighbouring Plateau State.
A thorough search of the factory led to the recovery of 22 different weapons including seven pistols, two locally fabricated AK 47 rifles, two military grade AK 47 rifles and nine revolvers. Others include one submachine gun, rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, machine tools, and a gas cylinder, according to the Nigerian Army.
In follow-up operations between Thursday night and Friday morning, troops raided another hideout in Adua 1 village in Kafanchan and recovered an additional 2 x AK-47 Rifles, 2 x revolver rifles, live rounds of 9mm and 7.62 ammunition, 6 x dangerous daggers, one x hacker axe, several empty cases of 7.62mm special rounds, two mobile phones, one fragmental jacket, two Police uniforms, one military camouflage trousers, one ammunition magazine carrier, one pistol holster, one military grade camel pouch, one police combat helmet, two masks, four identity cards, gunpowder, shrapnels, charms and amulets. Also recovered were machine tools and other equipment.
The Army has assured that the major kingpin(name withheld), who is on the run, would soon be apprehended.
While commending troops for their doggedness and resilience, the GOC/ Commander OPSH, Major General Abdulsalam Abubakar, also vowed to ensure all fleeing syndicate members were arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He warned sponsors and perpetrators of criminalities to immediately abandon their evil ways and embrace lawful means of livelihood and urged the public not to relent in furnishing the troops with actionable information.