Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it has successfully arrested one Ekike Hector David, for allegedly manufacturing AK47 rifles and other types of sophisticated guns.
It was gathered that the suspect is an indigene of Mbiokporo 1 in Nsit Ibom Local government area of the State.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, disclosed the arrest in a press statement in Uyo, the State capital.
According to the spokesperson, the suspect upon his arrest was in possession of eight (8) locally fabricated AK47 Rifles, one (1) Pump Action, one (1) pistol and six (6) dane guns.
The suspect who is a welder according to the police always fabricates and sells those guns to criminal elements in the state, who use them to rob and terrorize unsuspecting victims.
The police 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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andy had ordered a full-scale investigation into the crime; he also admitted that a manhunt operation for the persons who patronize the suspect is on top of it’s full gear.
“CP AMIENGHEME ANDY, fdc, has ordered for an elaborate investigation aimed at arresting those who enjoy his patronage and other conspirators,” he added.