Soldiers have discovered a gun-manufacturing factory in Tapka, Lafia, Nassarawa State.
An officer at the Public Relations Directorate of the Army, Lt. Col. Aliyu Yusuf, who addressed journalists on behalf of the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Bola Koleosho, said the soldiers also arrested two persons in connection with the incident.
Those arrested and undergoing interrogation, according to Yusuf, for unlawful possession of firearms, are Bello and Iliya (surnames withheld).
It was learnt that soldiers are on the trail of a suspected gunrunner, Adogi (surname witheld).
Yusuf said soldiers also raided the factory and recovered arms and ammunition as well as charms.
The suspects were paraded at the Aguiyi Ironsi Barracks in Abuja alongside the items seized from them.
The seized items included 11 guns, two pistols, a welding machine, hand drilling machines, 36 pieces of 7.62 NATO ammunition, 39 pieces of 7.62mm special ammunition and charms.
Also seized from the suspects were two Toyota Corolla with number plates Epe, 737AG and Abuja 683 RBC.
Aliyu said the suspects were arrested by soldiers deployed in the forest in Akwanga at midnight for possessing a gun.
He said the investigating team took the suspects to the factory where the dangerous weapons, which were displayed on Tuesday, were recovered.
He said, “The suspects were on their way from Lafia to Panda at the time of arrest. Preliminary investigation conducted by the unit revealed that the suspects bought the items from a local manufacturer in Takpa.
“Our investigators moved to Takpa on the outskirts of Lafia. Further investigation of the locals led to the discovery of gunrunning factory.”
Commander of the Brigade of Guards, Brig.-Gen Emmanuel Atewe, appealed to the members of the public to cooperate with all the security agencies by volunteering vital information to them.
Meanwhile, the two suspects who spoke to journalists said they were employees of Panda Development area in Nassarawa.