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Police arrest welder in Akwa-Ibom for manufacturing AK-47 rifle, others

Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it has arrested one Ekike Hector David, an indigene of Mbiokporo 1 in Nsit Ibom Local government area of the State for alleged illegal manufacturing of AK47 rifles and other types of guns.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, who disclosed this in a press statement in Uyo, the State capital, said upon the suspect’s arrest, the items recovered from him included: eight (8) locally fabricated AK47 Rifles, one (1) Pump Action, one (1) pistol and six (6) dane guns.

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He said the suspect, who is a welder, allegedly fabricates and sells those guns to criminals who use them to rob and terrorize innocent people in the State.

The statement in parts, “On the 13th of September, 2021, at about 1pm, Surveillance Team of ‘A’ Division located at Barracks Road, while on routine stop and search operation to stem criminal activities along Uyo Village Road and environs, arrested one Ekike Hector David of Mbiokporo 1 in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area with eight (8) locally fabricated AK47 Rifles, one (1) Pump Action, one (1) pistol and six (6) Dane Guns.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a welder who specializes in making and selling locally made rifles and other types of guns to criminal elements who use same in terrorising innocent members of the public.”

He added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andy had ordered discreet investigation into the crime and manhunt for the persons who patronize the suspect.

He said that the command would continue to protect the people, as well as flush out criminal elements in the State.

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His words, “CP AMIENGHEME ANDY, psc(+), fdc has ordered for an elaborate investigation aimed at arresting those who enjoy his patronage and other conspirators.”

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