The police in Benue State have arrested 18 suspects who specialise in arms manufacturing in the Adikpo/Vandeikya.
Spokeswoman of the command, SP Catherine Anene, explained on Wednesday that the arrest followed information gathered about arm dealers in the axis.
She said detectives who were deployed to the area to clamp down on the syndicate on November 15, 2023, at about 4pm bust their hideout and arrested Fater Terkula Sunday and Jem Demesugh, and that a search of the hideout led to the recovery of six locally fabricated pistols and a motorcycle.
She added that, “Further investigation led to the arrest of Ternenge Kpamngu; Terkula Ihyungwa, also known as Japan; Aondo kusugh; Chukwudi Udeh and nine others. Additional exhibits recovered from them include one locally made pistol, two gas cylinders, one welding cylinder, two welding nozzles and a Sienna bus.
“Suspects confessed that they had been in the business of producing and selling arms, as well as training teenagers on arms manufacturing. Three teenagers of less than 13 years were also arrested at the training ground.”