Bauchi: Police uncover arms factories

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From: MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi state police command said last month alone, it unravelled numerous factories and houses where arms and ammunitions were locally made in the state.
According to the state commissioner of police, Mr. Mohammed Ladan, the development followed special raids his officers and men embarked on suspicious points in order to ensure public safety and peaceful coexistence in the state.
Ladan, who Wednesday enumerated various other achievements of the command in crime combat during a press briefing, attributed the feat to the successful operations by officers and men of the force in the state.
He said the command last month received an intelligence report that one Alhaji Gudalo, Sada Usman, Hassan Abdullahi and Abdulrahman of Ruhu, Shafa and Lau villages respectively in Toro local government area of the state over illegal possession and manufacture of dangerous weapons.
The commissioner explained that the police in collaboration with the vigilante in the area nabbed the suspects who would soon be arraigned before a court of law.
Ladan revealed that search was conducted in their factories and premises where exhibits three Dane guns, four barrels for short gun, two locally made barrel guns, and four locally made pistol iron were recovered.
Also recovered, according to the commissioner, were four booths of single barrel gun, five locally made revolver magazine, eight expended cartridges, two gas cylinders, one double barrel gun and two single barrel for pistol, two barrel for long guns, four iron pipes, two drilling machines, two black smith air blowers and 12 iron pipes and a black sow.
He further revealed that two other suspected fire arms manufacturers at Unguwar Doya in Bauchi and Gidan waya Nasarawa in Ganjuwa local governments of the state were arrested. They were Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammed and Yahya Iliyasu.
Mr. Mohammed Ladan put the number of arrests by the state Police command in the last three months at 161 suspects for offences ranging from theft, vandalisation and armed robbery cases, among others.
He therefore appealed to the general public to complement the efforts of the security agents by providing them with useful information that can help them combat crimes and alleviate the present security problems in the state to the barest minimum.

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