Abuja business man arrested over huge arms uncovered in Kano
An Abuja based business man, Mustapha Fawaz, has been arrested in connection with the cache of arms and ammunition uncovered in Bompai, Kano State on Thursday.
Fawaz is a co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and the Wonderland Amusement Park, in Abuja.
The Joint Task Force which effected the arrest said on Thursday said had uncovered a Lebanon-based Hezbollah armoury and terror cell in Bompai. .
The JTF said three persons in connection with the armoury and the cell.
A Lebanese national currently out of the country reportedly owns the premises where the armoury and the cell were found at No 3, Gaya Road, Off Bompai Road in the ancient city.
JTF spokesman, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, in a statement on Thursday, said the JTF operatives, comprising officials of the 3rd Army Brigade in Kano and the State Security Service conducted the operations.
According to him, the operatives uncovered an underground bunker in the premises where large quantities of assorted weapons were hidden.
Iweha, who said the construction of the bunker was special, listed anti-tank weapons, rocket propelled guns and anti-tank/personnel mines as some of the dangerous weapons found in the premises.
The spokesman, who disclosed that the weapons and ammunition were concealed in coolers, drums and bags, attributed the latest recovery to an ongoing robust counter-terrorism investigation by the SSS.
He confirmed the existence of a Hezbollah cell in the country and the arrest of the Fawaz. , The arrest of Fawaz, Iweha said, led to the arrest of another Lebanese terror suspect, Abdullah Tahini, at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport with over$60,000
He added, 'Thereafter on May 26, 2013, one Talal Roda, also a Lebanese with a Nigerian Passport, was arrested in the same house.
'All those arrested have confessed to have undergone Hezbollah Terrorist Training and further implicated one Fauzi Fawad, also a co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park.'
When one of our correspondents contacted the Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, he described the discovery of the arms and the arrest of the Lebanese importers as 'a major breakthrough.'
The action of the JTF operatives, he said demonstrated the commitment of security agencies to riding the country of illegal arms.
Meanwhile, the SSS said the weapons were intended for use against 'Israeli and Western interests'.
'This is the handwork of Hezbollah,' Bassey Ettang, director of the SSS said in Kano.
'You can also be sure that if a group like this is existing, then it may even lend support to some of the local terrorists we have on the ground.'
Hezbollah is a Shia military and political movement based in Lebanon considered by the United States to be a terrorist organisation.
The sect was conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and was primarily formed to offer resistance to the Israeli occupation.
Its leaders were inspired by former Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, and its forces were trained and organised by a contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto listed its four main goals as 'Israel's final departure from Lebanon as a prelude to its final obliteration.'