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Army bursts rifle fabrication factory in Mangu, Plateau State

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The Nigerian Army raided a rifle fabrication factory in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State and recovered several arms and ammunition.

The raid was a part of efforts by troops of Operation Safe Haven to rid the troubled state of criminals and their activities. The factory was discovered during a clearance operation by troops under HAKORIN DAMISA.

In a post on its X handle yesterday, the army said a suspect identified as Tapshak Planji, was arrested in connection with the activities of the illegal factory.

“In it’s determination to clear troubled regions of Plateau State from criminal activities, Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN under HAKORIN DAMISA IV during a clearance operations on rugged mountainous terrain discovered an isolated structure which turned out to be a weapons fabrication factory situated on a high ground in Pakachi Village, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.

During the operation, a significant number of illicit firearms and related equipment were recovered and one suspect apprehended. The operation resulted in the arrest of Mr. Tapshak Plangji, a 25-year-old male, suspected to be involved in the illegal activities at the factory. The alleged owner of the facility, Mr. Nuhu Meshack, is currently at large and efforts are underway to bring him to justice.”

The army said the suspect alongside the weapons are in custody of the troops for further investigation.

“Items recovered from the facility include: five AK 47 Rifles, four AK 47 Magazines, 11 Rounds of 7.62mm Ammunition, five Rounds of 9mm Ammunition, 21 Dane Guns, four Revolver Rifles, 11 Pistols with five Magazines, 17 Gun Barrels, six Rounds of 0.44 Inch Ammunition.

“A Carbide Cylinder with Accessories, three Saws, 12 Filing Machines, 4 Hammers, six Manual Drilling Machines, two Electrically Operated Filing Machines, two G-Clamps, one Spraying Machine, one Tiger Generator and Assorted Drilling Irons.

“The suspect, Mr. Plangji, along with the recovered rifles and other items, are currently in the custody of the troops for further investigation,” it said.

While applauding the successful operation, the army called for a stronger collaboration between security agencies and local communities to safeguard the nation.

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