Police Bursts AK47 Production Factory, Parades Suspects

Suspects of Other High Profile Crimes
The Nigerian police announced on Wednesday that it bursted a factory in Jos South local government area of Plateau state, where AK47 assault rifles are being fabricated. The police also announced the arrest of two suspects, Joe Michael and Iliya Bulus, believed to be behind the establishment.
Force spokesman Frank Mba, a commissioner of Police, told newsmen that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and Special Tactical Squad, STS, in various sting operations across the country.
Mba, who expressed concern that the locally-fabricated AK-47 was fast becoming the weapon of choice for criminals, noted that the development portends grave dangers to the security of the nation.
While describing the Jos-fabricated Ak-47 as a masterpiece that would require extra knowledge of an expert to differentiate from the ones made in Europe, added that the police, which had been on the trail of the criminals, recovered 20 pieces of the gun during the raid.
“If you look at these weapons, locally-fabricated by the suspects, there is no difference from others imported. Unless you are trained, you will not be able to spot the difference. They use the same magazines. We will follow up to track down those behind this. We will continue to deepen our intelligence and work with other sister security agencies to check the proliferation of illegal arms in the country.”
One of the fabricators, Michael, who attended a technical college in Jos, disclosed that he has fabricated about 180 units in the last three year, each of which he sold for N80, 000 He also claimed that he acquired the skill from his late boss, whose name he gave simply as James.
The police also arrested and paraded 79 others suspected to be kidnappers, gun runners, bandits, armed robbers and producers of fake number plates. Three of them are alleged to be the masterminds behind the production and distribution of special fake number plates like those of the Presidency and diplomatic missions.
Mba told reporters that STS operatives acting on credible intelligence reports, picked up the fake number plate makers in Ikorodu area of Lagos state. Eighty units of fake number plates were also recovered from them.
“These shady characters get those specialised number plates and fix them on their vehicles to beat security checks and to enjoy unmerited privileges in the society,” Mba added.

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