Police in Benue State have discovered an illegal firearms factory at Tse-Tyungu, Kyado District of Ukum Local Government Area.

3 suspects were caught in the raid with several finished and unfinished firearms recovered in the process.

This comes barely a month after a large cache of weapons was discovered in a bunker near Gbishe in the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Benue State Police Commissioner, Bashir Makama, the discovery came after they received a tip-off.

“Following the arrest of one Felix at Assasi in North Bank area of Makurdi town on May 24, based on reliable information, the suspect confessed to being a distributor and had sold a locally-made Beretta pistol to one Bishop in Abuja for 40,000 Naira.

“During our investigation, the suspect led operatives to the arms factory at Tse-Tyungu, Kyado District, where several types of guns were being manufactured. Two suspects, 25-year-old Tyowa and 18-year-old Aondoyavenga, were arrested at the plant.

“Items and exhibits recovered from the factory include one carbon cylinder, one gas cylinder, one Sumec generating set, one Dane gun, one fabricated Beretta pistol, one filing machine, one drilling machine, two saws, one tool box, one jute bag containing tools and a motorcycle” the commissioner said.