In a statement signed by Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman on Wednesday, it was revealed that the suspect, Mohammed Bello, was apprehended along Akwanga highway in Nasarawa State.
Usman said the suspect has been selling the guns to criminals within the state.
He added that the suspect was arrested with local guns on his way to meet one Damina Saminaka.
According to the General, the suspect confessed that he purchased the weapons from one Dan Asabe Audu, a local blacksmith and on getting to his place, the soldiers discovered a gun manufacturing factory where he has been producing firearms for criminals.
The statement reads: “Troops of Nigerian Army on internal security operations deployed at Akwanga highway Nasarawa State, today Wednesday 10th January 2018, arrested a suspected gun runner, Mohammed Bello, in an Opel Vectra Saloon Car with the fabricated guns heading to Saminaka to link up with his gang leader Damina Saminaka.
“Nigerian Army during preliminary interrogation the suspect claimed to purchase the weapons for thirty thousand naira (N30,000.00k), from a blacksmith gun fabricator named Dan Asabe Audu, who reside at Angbo Village, Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
“Determined to get to the root of the matter, the troops further went to the village where they found out that indeed Dan Asabe Audu has been in the business of illegal arms manufacturing for criminals for quite some time.
“They found a complete arms factory with equipment and the products at various stages of production. The army urged Nigerians with valuable information to reach out to security agencies.
“Nigerian Army specifically, the troops recovered 3 completely locally fabricated guns, 20 locally fabricated guns at various stages of production, 7 units of 9mm empty cases, one 9mm blank ammunition, 2 drilling machine, 1 power generating set and 3 mobile telephone handsets.
“The suspects would soon be handed over to the relevant security agency for further investigation and prosecution.
“The public is kindly requested to provide useful information that will assist the military and security agencies in apprehending such criminals to make our society safe.”