In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, August, 2020

Drama As three Benue Gunmakers Are Nabbed In Lagos Whereas Ready For Clients (Picture)

Drama As 3 Benue Gunmakers Are Nabbed In Lagos While Waiting For Customers (Photo)


The suspects

Based on a report by Vanguard, the operatives of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad, SARS, of Lagos State Police Command have arrested three Benue State gunmakers, who allegedly provide weapons to theft gangs and cultists within the state.

The suspects— Shapraku Umade, 19;  Moses Anzuur,  19 and James Tsebee, 20— have been arrested in a lodge in Lekki space of the state, whereas ready to ship some weapons to a infamous theft suspect who has been on the command’s wished checklist.

They have been mentioned to have come from Benue State to make the supply in Lagos.

Throughout interrogation, one among them, Umade, disclosed that he was a blacksmith and that he fabricated the weapons.

Umade mentioned: “I realized the talent of fabricating weapons from my late father, who died whereas I used to be in Junior Secondary College three.

“He (late father) may solely fabricate single-barrelled weapons. I dropped out of faculty to proceed from the place my father stopped.

“However I developed myself by way of some books, on how you can fabricate AK-47, SNG, revolvers and even pump motion. I purchase metals from scavengers to manufacture the weapons.

“I’m not the one one who fabricates weapons in my dwelling city. We have been strictly warned by our conventional heads by no means to promote them to outsiders.

“We solely use them to defend ourselves towards herders who invade our group. Any time herdsmen come to assault us, individuals would deliver their single-barrelled riffles to us to restore.

“Throughout such assaults, the group would donate cash which we’d use to purchase the supplies to manufacture single-barrelled weapons for our defence.

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“A person named Mayaki got here to the village to purchase 4 pistols from me at N30,000, with a promise to ship the cash to me.

“I needed to come to Lagos looking for him as a result of I wanted cash to arrange for my second baby, who’s on the best way.

“Mayaki lodged us in a lodge and nonetheless pleaded with me to be affected person, whereas he sourced for cash to pay. He later introduced two of the weapons by way of one among my brothers (pointing to one of many suspects).

“We have been on the lodge when the police got here to arrest us. Our conventional heads might be so dissatisfied in the event that they hear this.”

On his half, James Tsebe mentioned his function was to search for patrons for the 2 weapons that have been returned by   Mayaki, whereas Anzuur mentioned he solely escorted Umade to Lagos being his first time to the town and that he was on the lodge to gather the N20,000 he gave Umade as transport fare to Lagos.

The suspects have been paraded alongside others, who have been arrested over varied crimes within the state, by the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.

The police boss defined that “info was obtained from a reputable supply that some arm retailers who’re primarily based in Adipo space of Benue State have been bringing arms and ammunition to Ajah space of Lagos to promote to some armed robbers and cultists.

“Sequel to the knowledge, SARS operatives have been mobilised to Ajah to carefully monitor the realm. The train paid-off as three of the arms sellers have been arrested.

“It was revealed that the suspects often promote the weapons to their Lagos collaborators. They’ve been within the illicit enterprise for 2 years.

“Investigation is ongoing and the suspects might be charged to courtroom as quickly because the investigation is accomplished.”

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