13 April 2013

Nigeria: Police Uncover Arms Factories in Three Delta Communities

Asaba — Police detectives from Anambra and Delta States have uncovered arms factories in three communities in Delta State.

This is just as residents of Alizomor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State fled the community after the corpse of ex-Anambra deputy governor Dr. Nwike Chidi was found in the area.

Police spokesman ASP Lucky Uyabeme said the discovery came when detectives stormed the community. He, however, said no arrest has been made.

The body of Chidi was on Thursday identified among three corpses dumped at the entrance of Alizomor village.

Weekly Trust investigation revealed that one of the factories alleged to have been owned by a 55-year old dismissed teacher is located at Ugbise Quarters, Onicha-Uku where the operator allegedly supply sophisticated arms to kidnappers and armed robbers.

According to the police spokesman, the detectives also uncovered arms in Kwale and some parts of Umunede and Agbor.

He said on sighting police officers, the operator fled into the bush, leaving his wife and daughter behind, adding that the duo (wife/daughter) are at present helping the police with their investigation.

According to a police source, arms recovered included: Russian pump action, barrel guns, double barrel gun with number 0015233977, one double 8259 packets of cartridge and 260 laptops.

ASP Uyabeme said the younger brother to the late Ex-deputy governor identified one of the corpses as that of his brother.

He said the kidnappers left a cheque of N30million on the dead body with a letter reading "for the fact that you thought we were joking and you refused to pay the ransom, this is the result of your action".

He said in the last two month, no fewer than 21 suspected kidnappers had been killed and 61 others arrested, adding that most of the kidnap suspects claim to be unemployed graduates.

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