The factory where locally made firearms, particularly short guns, are produced was discovered by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Benue State police command.
A man described by the police as a specialist and manufacturer of deadly arms, identified as Sunday Odoh, was arrested in a surprise raid launched by the police on the depot at about 6.am, Sunday.
Sources hinted that the raid on the factory located in a dingy area along Orokam in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state, followed intelligence reports.
Confirming the discovery, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, ASP Moses Yamu, said several items including a machine used for constructing guns, various sizes of pipes, gun accessories, and empty shells of cartridges were recovered from the scene.
“The suspect is in custody and investigation is in progress. It is a major breakthrough in our efforts at checkmating the proliferation of arms and ammunition within the society and Benue State in particular,” he remarked yesterday on telephone.