Troops of the Nigerian Army Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) have busted a gun manufacturing syndicate in the Jema'a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The discovery of the manufacturing factory at Kafanchan, was part of the efforts of the Commander of the OPSH, Major General Abdulsalam Abubakar, to deal with sponsors and perpetrators of crime in the region.
The success was recorded following a week-long intelligence operation by the troops.
During the operation, the troops also captured a wanted gunrunner, Napoleon John who had been on the OPSH wanted list for a long time.
Following the confession of the gunrunner, he led the troops to the concealed factory where arms of different calibre were sold by another miscreant identified as Monday Dunia.
Dunia also confessed to having been in the illegal business for over five years, fuelling the crisis in Kaduna and neighbouring Plateau States.
As contained in a statement by the Army on Friday morning, "A thorough search of the factory led to the recovery of 22 different weapons to include 7 pistols, 2 locally fabricated AK 47 rifles, 2 military grade AK 47 rifles and 9 revolvers.
"Others include one submachine gun, rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, machine tools and a gas cylinder.
"In a follow on operations by midnight of yesterday up till early hours of today, 22 September 2033, troops raided another hideout in Adua 1 village in Kafanchan and captured additional 2 x AK-47 Rifles, 2 x revolver rifles, live rounds of 9mm and 7.62 ammunitions, 6 x dangerous daggers, one x hacker axe, several empty cases of 7.62mm special rounds, 2 mobile phones, one fragmental jacket, 2 Police uniforms, one military camouflage trousers, one ammunition magazine carrier, one pistol holster, one military grade camel pouch, one police combat helmet, 2 masks, 4 identity cards, gunpowder, shrapnels, charms and amulets.
"Also recovered were machine tools and other equipment.
"The major kingpin(name withheld) is still on the run but would soon be apprehended."
The commander of the OPSH commended the troops for their resilience and doggedness in the successful operation.
He also vowed to ensure all fleeing syndicate members were arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
"He warned sponsors and perpetrators of criminalities to immediately abandon their evil ways and embrace lawful means of livelihood.
"General AE Abubakar also thanked the general public for their unwavering support in the fight against criminality and urged them not to relent in furnishing the troops with actionable information.
"He further assured to treat information provided with utmost secrecy and confidentiality," the statement added.