For me what I find particularly shocking is that this quantity of arms actually made it INTO the country without being stopped at the point of entry. Good grief! See bullets like grains! It is obvious that in addition to unscrupulous Nigerians, some foreign interests are also heavily invested in Nigeria‘s disintegration. God help us all o.
by Isi Esene
Fauzi Fawad, the co-owner of Wonderland, Abuja’s biggest and most
popular amusement park, and Amigo, one of the largest supermarkets
have been named as a member of a Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist cell in Nigeria.
Fawad is said to be the ring-leader of a major terrorist operation in the country.
According to Iliyasu Abba, the Brigade Commander, 3rd Brigade, Nigerian Army,
all those arrested named the Lebanese as being in possession of heavy weapons,
and other terrorism related activities.
Read the Premium Times report below:
Mr. Fawad is now on the run, the JTF said.
The JTF said it arrested three Lebanese suspected of owning the large cache
of arms recovered at a bunker in the city.
The Brigade Commander, 3rd Brigade, Nigerian Army, Iliyasu Abba, said
one of the suspects was arrested on Tuesday at a house on Gaya Road in
Bompai area of Kano.
He said another suspect was arrested in Abuja while the third suspect was
apprehended since May 16, at Aminu Kano International Airport, on his
way to Beirut, Lebanon.
“The one arrested at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport had a sum of
60,000 US dollars in his possession”.
He said one Abdullahi Hassan Tahir Padalla, who was the owner of the house
in which one of the suspect was arrested was still at large.
Mr. Abba said among the weapons discovered during the operation on Tuesday
were 17 AK 47 rifles, 44 magazines, four land mines and 12 RPG bombs, 14 RPG
charger, 11 66 mm anti-tanks weapons, one SMG magazine, one pistol and magazine.
Also, 11, 433 rounds of 7.26 mm special, 76 hand grenade, rocket propelled guns,
122 calibre artillery and anti mines weapons were recovered.
“What you are seeing here are weapons of mass destruction in terms of our situation
here right now in Nigerian.
“If these things have been brought out only God knows the type of destruction they
will cause to innocent persons in the state or in the country,’’ he said.
He said the Department of State Security Service (SSS) in Abuja had been investigating
the case for long.
In a remark, the state Director of the SSS, Bassey Ettang, said that the three suspects
had a link to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon.
He said the suspects have for a long time been using the bunker in the house to
stockpile arms and ammunition.
He restated the commitment of the SSS and other security agencies to continue with
the ongoing war on criminals nationwide.
Read the press release made available by the military stating the involvement of the Lebanese
On 28 May 13 a combined team of the JTF involving the NA of the 3 Brigade here
in Kano and the Kano state DSS conducted a thorough search of this house located
at No 3 Gaya Road off Bompai Road Kano belonging to one Abdul Hassan Taher Fadlalla
a Lebanese national who is currently out of the country. After painstaking search of
the whole premises, the search team uncovered an underground bunker in the the
master bed room where a large quantity of assorted weapons of different types
and caliber were recovered.
The bunker was specially constructed for this purpose. It is worth mentioning to say
that the weapons include anti tank weapons, rocket propelled guns,
anti tank/anti personnel mines among other dangerous weapons.
All the weapons and ammunition recovered were properly concealed with several
layers of concrete and placed in coolers, drums and bags neatly wrapped.
These discoveries were not accidental but the outcome of an ongoing robust
counter terrorism investigation by the Department of the State Services Abuja
in the past several months. The investigation also confirms the existence of a
Hizbullah Foreign Terrorist Cell in Nigeria. Consequently, the DSS on 16 May 2013
arrested one Mustapha Fawaz the co-owner of the popular Amigo Supermarket
as well as the wonderland Amusement Park all in Abuja. Thus, his arrest and confession
unveiled other members of the foreign terrorists network which led to the interception
of one member of the syndicate named Abdullah Tahini a Lebanese national at the
Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport with undeclared amount of sixty thousand
United States Dollars on him enroute Beirut. Thereafter on 26 May 2013 one Talal Roda
also a Lebanese with Nigerian Passport was arrested in this same house.
All those arrested have confessed to have undergone Hizbullah terrorist training and
further implicated one Fauzi Fawad, also a co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and
wonderland Amusement Park. However, the fellow is now at large. The arms and
ammunition were targeted at facilities of Israel and Western interest in Nigeria, however,
the security agencies are making frantic efforts to unveil the true situation. At the end
of investigation, all those involved will be prosecuted.
Culled from ynaija.com