Nigeria: Military Busts Gun Factory in Plateau, Recovers Arms

Nigeria: Military Busts Gun Factory in Plateau, Recovers Arms

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) has reported a significant breakthrough in its efforts to combat illegal arms proliferation in Plateau State. Troops under the HAKORIN DAMISA IV command discovered a clandestine gun manufacturing facility in Pakachi Village, Mangu local government area.

According to Captain Oya James, the spokesperson for OPSH, the operation led to the arrest of a suspect, Mr. Tapshak Plangji, while the alleged owner, Mr. Nuhu Meshack, remains at large. The factory was found on a high ground, hidden away in rugged mountainous terrain.

Items seized from the facility included a considerable cache of weapons, ammunition, and manufacturing equipment. Among the recovered items were AK 47 rifles, magazines, pistols, Dane guns, revolvers, and gun barrels. Additionally, the troops found carbide cylinders, saws, filing machines, hammers, and electrically operated drilling machines.

Captain James emphasized that this operation was a testament to the commitment of the troops and their collaboration with other security agencies in fighting illegal arms proliferation and criminal activities.

This discovery is particularly significant given the recent communal crises in the area, which have resulted in loss of lives and property. The arrest of the suspect and the seizure of the weapons will undoubtedly contribute to efforts to restore peace and order in the region.

However, the fact that the alleged owner of the gun factory, Mr. Nuhu Meshack, is still at large highlights the challenges that remain in combating illegal arms manufacturing and distribution. Efforts must continue to bring those responsible for such activities to justice and to prevent further harm to the community.

The success of this operation underscores the importance of coordinated efforts between security agencies and the community in tackling security challenges. It also highlights the need for ongoing vigilance and proactive measures to prevent the proliferation of illegal arms and the violence that often accompanies them. 

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