The Joint Task Force (JTF), in its efforts at tackling the menace of terrorism in Nigeria, yesterday discovered a location in Bompai, Kano state, a Hezbollah armory base owned by Lebanese nationals.
The arms and ammunition were stored in an attempt to attack Isreali and western targets in Nigeria.
JTF spokesperson, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the arrest of three persons associated with terror cell in the course of the operation. According to him, officers of the JTF revealed an underground bunker at the location where weapons were concealed. He also added that the arrest was the aftermath of a robust counter terrorism investigation in the past several months.
Some of the weapons discovered in the area included rocket propelled guns, anti –tank weapons and anti-personnel mines among other dangerous weapons hidden in a hole dug beneath the ground in a room and were stored in bags, coolers and drums.
The confession of Mustafa Fawaz a co-owner of Amigo supermarket and the Wonderland Amusement Park in Abuja arrested in May 16 necessitated the arrest of a Lebanese terrorist suspect Abdullah Tahini at the Aminu Kano International airport trying to board a flight to Beirut with over $60,000 in his possession.
Talal Roda the third suspect a detained Lebanese national was arrested on 26 May in the same house with a Nigerian Passport and Fauzi Fawad was the primary suspect.
In a statement signed by Bassey Etang, the Kano State Director of the State Security Service (SSS), he described the premises as hosting “terrorist cells” belonging to the Lebanese Shiite movement (Hezbollah), a military and political movement based in Lebanon well thought-out to be a terrorist organisation by the United States.