Police Operatives in Enugu State on Tuesday arrested a notorious gun manufacturer, Cyprian Eze, 69, who allegedly supplies firearms to criminals in the state.
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer SP Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement on Tuesday confirmed that the suspect was arrested after being tracked by the police operatives.
According to him, after the arrest the police recovered several arms from the suspect. They include; one locally-made double barrel pistol, four cut-to-size locally-made guns, six short barrel guns and various gun parts ready to be assembled.
Other items recovered included 10 live cartridges, 13 expended cartridges, an electric welding machine, gas cylinders, drilling machines and clamps, amongst others.
The police image maker also said that the feat was achieved by personnel of Operation Puff Adder and Anti-Cultism Squad of the command.
He added that the operatives acted on well-gathered and well-coordinated intelligence to nab the suspect who is a cripple from Umuabi community in Udi Local Government Area of the state.
“He has been allegedly manufacturing firearms which he usually supplies to armed robbers and cultists in the state.
“Suspect also confessed how he manufactured arms and supplied to suspected armed robbers and groups of cultists. Suspect is now helping police operatives in their investigation,’’ he said.
Amaraizu, however, said the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, had lauded the efforts of the operatives and directed full scale investigation and diligent prosecutions of the suspect.
He noted that based on the expiration of the ultimatum given for submission of unlicensed firearms to the nearest police station, a committee from the Operation Puff Adder had been set up to commence enforcement on the ban.
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