The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe has uncovered an illegal arms manufacturing factory in the State and recovered guns, cartridges and military equipment.
JTF said this followed an intelligence report of an arms manufacturing gang in the Arhavwarien, Ughelli area of Delta State.
The gang supplied deadly ammunition to kidnappers, cultists, sea robbers, militants and armed robbers.
Commander of OPDS, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, told newsmen at the headquarters of the command in Igbogene, Bayelsa State, on Monday that 18 persons were arrested in connection with the various crimes committed in the region.
Suleiman, who jointly addressed the media along with the commanders of the land, sea, air and other components of the special security outfit, noted that the JTF conducted the raid on the armsí factory following an intelligence report.
He stated that some of the intelligence officers of the command placed an order for a large batch of the weapons manufactured by some key suspects identified as Isiyaku Ochuko, Ese James and Elvis Philips.