29 May, 2013
SPECIAL forces drafted from the Nigerian
military, Tuesday night, raided a
packed with sophisticated military
hardware at Bompai, a highbrow area
located within the precinct of police and immigration headquarters in the
troubled northern commercial city.
Vanguard learnt that the warehouse
belonged to an alien from the Middle East and located in Gaya Road, Bompai GRA and within a striking distance to the
Police state headquarters and the
headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service.
Security sources close to the military told Vanguard, on condition of anonymity, in Kano that the highly coordinated military operation was carried out following a tipoff by a suspect under investigation.
The elite troops were said to have
stormed the residence, picked up the
occupants and in the ensuing search on
the suspected bungalow, large cache of
arms and ammunition were discovered in the sitting room and some wardrobe in the house.
The military source revealed that, “large
quantities of the military hardware were buried in the house, while some were neatly concealed. It took a trained officer in counter-terrorism to discover the hidden mass weapon of war.”
The security source further revealed that items recovered from the 72-hour
operation includes: 40 air-to-surface
missiles, 50 cluster bombs, 200 rocket-
propelled launcher, eight AK-47 rifles, 200 military hand grenades, uncountable number of live ammunition and certain military hardware deployed to destroy Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC.”
The dependable source said that the
weapons of war were evacuated to the
headquarters of the 3rd Motorised
Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Kano,
alongside two other arrested nationals of the same Middle East extraction, in connection with the shocking discovery.
The source stated that preliminary
investigation revealed that “three
countries have been indicted and the
military high command is working to
ascertain the culpability.”
However, a civilian eyewitness, who lives in the neighbourhood, said he counted over “300 AK-47 rifles and I saw soldiers packing ammunition using shovels into some large containers from the house.” The account gave the name of the suspect as one Ta’al, who appeared to be in his late 50s, stressing that “Ta’al had been staying in the house for the past five years alone without his family, and lived a secluded life as he hardly associated himself with people in the neighbourhood. “The suspect hardly received visitors and
drives a white Toyota Hilux, and doesn’t
keep late night.”
However, the military authorities are keeping sealed lips over the development as effort to get their side of the story proved abortive. When contacted, JTF spokesman in Kano,
Capt Ikediche Iweha, neither denied nor
confirmed the discovery, but pleaded
understanding, saying that “we are going to issue a statement.”