It emerged last week that Nigeria‘s security operatives have cause to believe a prominent Lebanese business man and his partners have strong links to Hezbollah and Boko Haram (both terrorist groups) after a weapon and arms cache was uncovered on their premises.
The men who are co owners of an amusement park and one of the most flourishing department stores in Abuja have since been apprehended with at least one of them currently at large.
Security operatives have continued to lay siege on the premises of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park in Abuja following an alleged link between one of its Lebanese co-owners, Fauzi Fawad, and a terror group.
Last week, officers of Nigeria’s anti-terror agency, the Joint Task Force, recovered a cache of weapons in a depot reportedly owned by a Lebanese businessman. A security source disclosed that three Lebanese men were also arrested after a raid on the depot. The raid was triggered by a tip that there was an underground bunker in the home a Lebanese businessman. Security operatives searched the house as well as other locations in the city.
When Saharareporters visited the premises of Wonderland and Supermarket on Sunday, our correspondent saw a team of heavily armed security operatives. A source told us that the guards include Nigerian army personnel, police officers, and agents of the State Security Service (SSS).
The main entrance of the supermarket was sealed off with chains. An inscription on the entrance announced “SEALED OFF”. Several security vehicles were stationed in front of the facility.
Some customers who were not aware of the development were turned back by the operatives as the roads leading to and from the premises were blocked on both ends.
SaharaReporters learned that the three Lebanese men arrested by the JTF in connection with the illegal ammunition in Kano had named Mr. Fawad as a mastermind of an illegal importation of ammunition. The detained suspects reportedly named Mr. Fawad as a leader of a Hezbollah cell operating in Nigeria.
Among the weapons recovered from a bunker in the house were anti-tank guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and 300 AK 47 rifles.
As at time of filing this report, Mr. Fawad had not been arrested. A security source said he was on the run.
Culled from news.naij.com