Security agents are holding an Abuja businessman in whose home a catche of arms has been found hidden in a bunker. [viralpullquote ]Security agents are holding an Abuja businessman in whose home a catche of arms has been found hidden in a bunker.[/viralpullquote]
Mustapha Fawaz is the co-owner of the popular Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park – both in Abuja.
Security operatives named the three Lebanese suspects yesterday.
The assorted firearms were neatly concealed inside coolers and packed inside a bunker in a bungalow on Gaya Road, Bompai, Kano.
The Commander of 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brig.–Gen. Ilyasu Abbah, who spoke to reporters at the site where the arms were discovered, named the suspects as: Abdallah Hassan Fadallah, Mustapher Fawaz and Abdullahi Tigani. They have been moved to Abuja for further investigation.
The army chief recalled that one of the suspects, who he described as an Abuja businessman, was once arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport for undeclared $60,000 found on him. He was on his way to Lebanon.
Brig.-Gen. Abba said the assorted weapons found in the home of the suspects were linked with the Lebanese-based Hezbollah.
The suspects were quoted as saying that the weapons were meant to fight Israeli and Western interests in Nigeria.
“Even if they were meant to fight Israeli and Western interests in the country as they claimed, are Nigerians not working in those organisations? “Gen. Abbah queried.
He also noted that the building of a bunker inside a building to conceal weapons confirms the suspects’ ulterior motive. Bassey Etang, Director of State Security Service (SSS) in Kano, said: “We cannot say how long the weapons have been in the bunker. The rust you see is as a result of the conditions they have been exposed to, but they are still serviceable.
Again, we cannot link them with Boko Haram, until the conclusion of investigation, but we suspect such group, like Hezbollah, can have links with Boko Haram.”