The Nigerian police said they have smashed two gun running and arms dealing ring and a gang of robbers and kidnappers in the Benue-Taraba axis, making 11 arrests.
Among the suspects arrested was one Emmanuel, a 27 year-old gun dealer from Anambra state, based in Takum, Taraba state. With his three-man gang, the police found five Ak-47 rifles, along with other ammunitions.
Police said they recovered in total 10 piece of AK-47 rifles and two Beretta pistols from the 11 suspects and claimed the arrests were a major breakthrough in stopping the incessant killing of innocent people in the Middle Belt states of Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa.
In Benue state, Morris Ashwe, a 36 year old man, was the sole armourer arrested. He was accused of supplying arms to the wanted criminal kingpin, Terwase Akwaza a.k.a Ghana.
According to police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, Ashwe was found in possession of five AK-47 rifles, 238 AK47 bullets, 40 Smoke Grenade Canisters and 79 LAR Rifle bullets.
The busted gun dealing gang in Taraba state comprised Takum-based Kabiru Idris, 43, Miracle Emmanuel from Anambra state, who was said to be a principal suspect and gang leader.
The police also arrested Husseini Safiyanu, from Taraba. Police said they found five AK47 Rifles with the Taraba gang, along with 13 AK 47 magazines and 83 bullets.
The Police spokesman also to our reporter that a seven-man robbery and kidnapping gang was arrested in Benue, along with two Beretta pistols.
Members of the gang were identified as Emmanuel Ushehemba Kwembe, 28, Achir Gabriel, 30, Sekad Uver, 28, and Ordure Fada, 22. Others arrested were Stephen Jirgba 18, Peter Lorham, 24, and Lorhemen Akwambe 35, all from Benue state, Nigeria.