The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, under the code name “Operation Delta Safe” have uncovered a local arms manufacturing hideout in Arhavwarien Kingdom, Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State.
The discovery lead to the arrest of 18 suspects and recovery of 13 short barrel local made guns, five double barrel local made guns, 10 locally made pistols, three live cartridges, one empty cartridge and two rounds of 7.62 millimetre special ammunition.
In relation to the development, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed that about 500 illegal refineries were shut down in the Niger Delta in the last six months.
He said, “What is happening is that once you focus on the activities of pirates and other criminals in the maritime sector, you see them run away and begin to struggle for survival in other areas. To some extent, we have been able to curtail them and their nefarious activities in the maritime sector.”
The Chief commended the efforts of his men for the feat and added that the illegal refineries operating at various locations in the creeks of the Niger Delta region were traced and shut down within the period.