DANGER! Army Busts Family Gun-Manufacturing Factory In Delta Community

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

TROOPS of the 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have busted an illegal factory where weapons including guns are being manufactured at Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The weapon-manufacturing factory is said to have the capacity to produce at least 10 guns per week.

The Commander 63 Brigade, Brigadier-General Ugochukwu Unachukwu, disclosed the discovery while briefing journalists at the illegal arms factory at Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North.

Commander 63 Brigade Brigadier General Ugochukwu Unachukwu

The factory is said to be a family business just as the troops apprehended eight suspects including the mastermind of the operation, his father, mother and sister.

The arms factory located in a forest has a surveillance post, a generating set connected from a remote location, an oven for melting of iron and a cache of arms and ammunition.

Brigadier General Unachukwu, who briefed journalists on the arrest, noted the army had recovered items used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs) including shrapnels, detonators and the container.

He said the activities of the suspects were a major contributor to insecurity in the region and the country.

“In this axis it is only IPOB and Eastern Security Network that use improvised explosive devices and even drones.

“A normal AK-47 magazine carries 30 rounds, but this man is modifying AK-47 magazine to carry 60 rounds.

“Anybody that is involved in any act of insurgency that is against the peace and stability of Nigeria, we will get to you,” he vowed.

The 22-year-old prime suspect, Emmanuel Eboka, admitted to have rented some of the arms to criminal elements for certain amount.

“When I repair it for them, I don’t charge them, they just give me whatever is in their mind. I don’t charge them.

“My daddy said I should leave his veranda, because he is not comfortable with me being around his veranda that is why I shifted to this side (the forest),” he noted.

Parents of the suspect, Mr and Mrs Isioma and Angela Eboka, acknowledged they were aware of the illegal activities of their son.

They, however, denied any knowledge that he was providing arms and ammunition to criminals.

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