June 11, 2024

Central News

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Army in ‘big catch,’ uncover weapons factory, haul large cache, capture suspects

GOVERNMENT forces have uncovered a gun-manufacturing factory in Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State, and confiscated a large assortment of arms and munitions.
The feat was achieved by troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) commanded by Man.-Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar. He is also GOC of the Army’s 3rd Armoured Division, with headquarters in Jos, Plateau State.
OPSH media officer Capt. Oya James says in a statement that the discovery followed a week-long intelligence operation that finally led to the capture of a wanted gunrunner Napoleon John who has been on the wanted list of OPSH.
Gen. Abubakar has in recent weeks been of his command’s resolve to deal decisively with sponsors and perpetrators of crime as well as mopping up illegal weapons in OPSH’s Joint Operations Area.
James states in the release on Friday that suspect Napoleon John had confessed to the crime. It was him who led troops to a concealed factory where arms of different calibre were sold by another suspect identified as Monday Dunia.
Dunia has also confessed to have been in the business for more than five years fuelling the crisis in Kaduna and neighbouring Plateau states, Capt. James says.
An all-out search of the factory led to the recovery of 22 different weapons to include seven pistols, two locally-fabricated AK-47 rifles, two military-grade AK-47 rifles and ninerevolvers.
Other items found include one submachine gun, rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, machine tools and a gas cylinder.
In follow-up operations between Friday midnight till dawn yesterday, James says troops raided another hideout in Adua 1 village in Kafanchan and captured additional two AK-47 rifles, two revolver rifles, live rounds of 9mm and 7.62 ammunitions, six dangerous-looking daggers, one Hacker axe, and several empty cases of 7.62mm special rounds.
Two mobile phones, one fragmental jacket, two sets of 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 were other accoutrements of the banditry trade found.
Also recovered were machine tools and other equipments but the Army says the “major kingpin” (names withheld) is still on the run but would soon be apprehended.
While commending troops for their doggedness and resilience, the GOC/Commander OPSH 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.
Gen. Abubakar also thanked the general public for their unwavering support in the fight against criminality and urged them not to relent in furnishing troops with actionable information. He further assured to treat information provided with utmost confidentiality.
Recall that the GOC/Commander OPSH issued a stern warning to criminals during a stakeholders’ engagement with traditional and religious leaders on September 10, 2023 held at Zangon Kataf, Kaduna State.