Confession of Alleged Gunrunner: Inherited Trade Knowledge from Father

Confession of Alleged Gunrunner Inherited Trade Knowledge from Father

Sunday Dung, a suspected gunrunner, who was apprehended by the Nigerian Army, has admitted to acquiring his illicit trade knowledge from his late father. Dung, arrested by the troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau State, disclosed that his involvement in the gunrunning business commenced in 2014, and he had been collaborating with local security groups to sell firearms.

“I started learning the business in 2014 when my late father was alive. I don’t have a license to operate the business. I sell each item for N25,000 to vigilantes. All the items you see here belong to my late father. I am only making cartridges to sell,” he confessed.

The arrest took place in Ban, a village situated in the Heipang district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. Items seized from Dung’s manufacturing facility included six rounds of 7.62mm NATO, one submachine gun, one rifle, one pistol, and seven partially completed fabricated rifles. Additionally, the troops discovered a lister generator, locally crafted weapons tools, fabrication materials, military kits, four mobile phones, and some money.

Major Ishaku Sebastine, the spokesperson of the 3 Division of Nigerian Army based in Rukuba Barrack, Jos, revealed that the arrest resulted from an intelligence-based operation to counter the proliferation of weapons. He emphasized that OPSH is diligently working to address this issue in accordance with the directives and timeline set by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja. The suspect was paraded at the OPSH headquarters in Jos, underscoring the commitment to curbing illegal arms trade and enhancing security measures in the region.


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