NIGERIAN ARMY SPECIAL FORCES RAID UNCOVERS WAREHOUSE WITH MILITARY HARDWARE IN KANO; 40 MISSILES, 200 RPGs, 50 CLUSTER BOMBS, 200 HAND GRENADES, ANTI-TANK MINES, AK47 RIFLES RECOVERED…3 LEBANESE NATIONALS IN CUSTODY

Nigerian Army Special Forces personnel

Nigerian Army Special Forces personnel

VANGUARD
29 May, 2013

SPECIAL forces drafted from the Nigerian
military, Tuesday night, raided a
residential building-cum-warehouse
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.”

RECOVERED

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.”

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

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.”

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32 Responses to NIGERIAN ARMY SPECIAL FORCES RAID UNCOVERS WAREHOUSE WITH MILITARY HARDWARE IN KANO; 40 MISSILES, 200 RPGs, 50 CLUSTER BOMBS, 200 HAND GRENADES, ANTI-TANK MINES, AK47 RIFLES RECOVERED…3 LEBANESE NATIONALS IN CUSTODY

  1. Tope says:

    Yet another armoury uncovered…….the army is playing the right card,destroy the enemy’s weapons, supply line and welfare operation bases. And keep them on the run, this physical and pyschological attack will break them very soon……God Speed Nigerian Army.

  2. Cryptologist says:

    Hmmm…..Bompai gaya road an highbrow area and close to the police HQ. Says so much. My concern is the ease at which this insurgents bring these heavy weapons in. The NIA still got a huge job to do and not just sitting by desk at our various embassies abroad especially those in libya, algeria, niger, chad, sudan and the middle east. The gat to be proactive.

  3. camouflage1984 says:

    My thinking whenever i hear such news is how many of such place exist that are yet to be uncovered…..i am contemplating the Iranian connection though the guy is Lebanese (going by recent developments)

  4. CHYDE says:

    Reading through the report, I am so surprised to see Cluster Bombs included, this aint good news at all. Good to know that this weapons are now in the right hands.

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    i think that rather than washing down the agencies, we should praise them for discovering this hive and nipping it in the bud. even the US didn”t see the buston bombing coming

  6. ifiok umoeka says:

    if they keep this up, then we can repair the mistakes of the past. the bombs were not place there yesterday, i suspect it’s been there a while.

  7. asorockweb says:

    This seems to be a case of weapons smuggling.
    I bet the warehouse was used as a staging area for Libyan weapons bought in the black market.
    The arms dealers would accumulated a sizeable quantity, find a market, then export to the buyer.
    I don’t think this is BH related.

    • camouflage1984 says:

      Who will be the ready buyer of cluster bombs and anti tank missiles?

      • asorockweb says:

        International state and non-state actors.
        BH would rather make fertilizer bombs then spend $10,000 on ATGMs

      • Deway says:

        Remember the rumour of BH contemplating going air borne?

    • asorockweb says:

      Another theory is that the suspects are the end-users – they are the agents of a state or non-state actor. Hezbollah would love the ATGMs

  8. jimmy says:

    Personally I am going to take a very hardline view.
    1) The Lebanese should not be charged as an arms smuggler .
    2) He should be charged as a spy/ mercenary with the maximum penalty being death by FIRING SQUAD NO DEALS SHOULD BE MADE.
    3) The persons should be charged in Miltary court Since they are non Nigerians and took the high risk/ high reward of importing heavy weapons , they should face the high risk of the death penalty.
    4) The f.g. / defence ministry should look at this not as a deterrence but as an example if you are non Nigerian and you import illegally, store the weapons next to a military formation/ law enforcement building . You deserve the maximum penalty.
    5) The suspects should be well treated and be told from day one they don’t have to say a thing but they are going to charged as enemies of state, mercenaries because they are not in uniform
    no deals should be made. IF THEY LIKE THEY TALK IF THEY LIKE THEY DON’T TALK THAT IS THEIR PROBLEM.

    • Deway says:

      I agree with you, he should not be spared. Not the kind of games SSS is playing with the Iranian. No diplomatic immunity for these guys.

  9. camouflage1984 says:


    Latest on the state of emergency-BBC

  10. Saints says:

    Its funny the way we unearth heavy weaponry in nigeria. We are just lucky they didnt use this things on any civilian or military installations. I do not even think the lebanese government should be contacted on the present status of the suspects. They should be the one to start asking questions. Very brave of him to be stockpiling WMD’s close to a police hq.

    • Henry says:

      @OGA saints, the guy is even a nigerian citizen. He is a lebanese-nigerian.

      @oga jimmy, I consign with your suggestion 100%

  11. originalpato says:

    Our borders are more porous than a leaking basket period.

  12. Yagazie says:

    Jimmy, I agree with your sentiments 100%. Just one proviso, being that they the foreigners should be treated as enemy combatants and interrogated/tot*r*d- (yes we are at war) to reveal how these weapons were brought into the country.

    Any Nigerian Immigration/Customs/Security official who is found to have aided the movement of these weapons into Nigeria, should be given a life sentence and all his/her property confiscated.

  13. asorockweb says:

    Update from the BBC:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22722948
    The weapons look filthy. Must have been stored for awhile.
    As I suspected, the cache is being linked to Hezbollah.

  14. G8T Nigeria says:

    Can u just imagine, one wonders the true destination of the 13 iranian wpn loaded containers intercepted in lagos. I strongly bliv it was a delivery for some operations in nigeria. Some highly placed individuals funded by nations far and wide are so desparate to tear this country apart. Kudos to our forces but surely, some security agencies have slept for long. Its now to spread wings far accross this country to get this people sentenced to death starting with the foreigners.

  15. freeegulf says:

    those iranian arms containers where destined for gambia/senegal. why they had to berth in lagos is another issue, obviously our porous borders and paper thin security screen was attractive to the shipper.

    why is it that hezbollah is always linked to any security bust involving lebanese or iranians? be it smuggling, espionage or gun running. yes, we have a dynamic shia community in zaria and they re sometimes less docile, but we shouldn’t get enmeshed in this america vs iran/hezbollah wahala.

    nigeria has a good relationship with both iran and the USA, no need scuttling any, let them square off and we stay off.
    except of course, the state security service are convinced that the shite resistance group is trying to heat up shia politics in kaduna state, ala zaidi shia in yemen.

  16. beegeagle says:

    ARMS STOCK: JTF ARREST 3 LEBANESE IN KANO

    NAN
    May 30, 2013
    Kano

    The Joint Security Task Force(JTF) in Kano, has arrested three Lebanese suspected of owning the large cache of arms recovered at a bunker in the city. Brig.-Gen. Iliyasu Abba, the Brigade
    Commander, 3 Brigade, Nigerian Army, said one of the suspects was arrested on Tuesday at a house on Gaya Road in Bompai area of Kano.

    According to him, 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.

    Abba said among the weapons
    discovered during the operation on
    Tuesday were 17 AK 47 rifles, 44
    magazines, four landmines and 12
    RPG bombs, 14 RPG charger, 11 66mm
    anti-tank weapons, one SMG magazine, one pistol and magazine. Also, 11, 433 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 76 hand grenade, rocket propelled guns, 122mm calibre artillery and anti-tank 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 has 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, Mr Bassey Ettang, said that the three suspects had a link to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon.

    According to him, 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.

  17. beegeagle says:

    KANO ARMS CACHE BELONGS TO HEZBOLLAH; INTENDED FOR USE IN STAGING ATTACKS ON ISRAELI AND WESTERN INTERESTS IN NIGERIA — DSS

    VANGUARD
    May 30, 2013
    BY ABDULSALAM MUHAMMAD
    KANO

    Director of Department of State Services, DSS, in Kano, Mr. Bassey Etang, has said the weapons of mass destruction discovered in a bunker at a Lebanese residence in Kano, Tuesday, belong to international terrorist organisation, Hezbollah.

    Etang spoke to newsmen in Kano,during a joint conference with the Commander of the 3 Motorised Division in Kano, Brigadier-General Iliyasu Abba, at the scene of the discovery in Bompai area of the Kano metropolis.

    He said: “The weapons were brought in by an international terrorist organisation, Hezbollah, to attack
    Israeli and Western interest in Nigeria. “On May 28, a combined team of the JTF involving the army of the 3 Brigade in Kano and the Kano state DSS conducted a thorough search on this house located at No 3 Gaya Road, off Bompai Road, Kano, belonging to one Abdul Hassan Taher Fadlalla, a Lebanese, who is currently out of the country.

    “After painstakingly searching the
    premises, the search team uncovered
    an underground bunker in the master
    bedroom, where a large quantity of
    assorted weapons of different types
    and caliber were recovered. The bunker was specially constructed for this purpose.”

    Taking stock

    On his part, the Commander, Brigadier General Abba, said the weapons of mass destruction include 11 50mm anti-tank weapons, two 122mm artillery gun ammunition, four anti-tank landmines, 21 rocket-propelled grenades, RPG, 16 rocket-propelled grenades charger, one rocket-propelled grenade tube and 76
    military grenades. Others are one SMG rifle, nine pistols, 17 AK-47 rifles, 44 magazines, 11,433 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and 103 packet of slap TNT.

    Brigadier General Abba further revealed that “investigation also confirms the
    existence of a Hezbollah Foreign
    Terrorist Cell in Nigeria.

    Arrest

    On May 16, DSS arrested one Mustapha
    Fawaz the co-owner of the popular
    Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland
    Amusement Park, all in Abuja. 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, at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport with undeclared
    60,000 United States Dollars on him
    enroute Beirut. Thereafter, on May 26 one Talal Roda,also a Lebanese with Nigerian passport, was arrested in this same house.

    According to the Brigade Commander,
    all the arrested suspects have confessed to have undergone Hezbollah terrorist training and further implicated one Fauzi Fawad, also a co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park.

    He said: “The fellow is now at large. The arms and ammunition were targeted at facilities of Israel and Western interests in Nigeria. “However, the security agencies are making efforts to unveil the true situation. At the end of investigation, all those involved will be prosecuted.”

  18. beegeagle says:

    I saw the video clip on NTA News last night – including the landmines, 122mm rounds and all else. They were indeed buried in sawdust.

    With reference to the troops, I saw two 4WD patrol vans and an Otokar Cobra parked in front of the bungalow

  19. CHYDE says:

    These are the same security forces that some people try to downgrade and write off. I just hope they are reading this. Amigo Supermarket happens to be located in Wuse II, and Wonderland is close to the entrance gate of Abuja ( if you are coming from airport road). The information about the owners being involved shocked me. God bless our security forces, with better equipment ( T90’s, Sukhois,dones,warships,subs etc) they will definitely perform better. KUDOS

  20. Tope says:

    @Beeg I also watched it this mornning……Its Now clear that our Security Agencies know many or at least a lot of Foreign Cells as well as Agents are afoot in our Country, also it means that if not careful this cells could link up to BH and start a very bad trend in our dear country and now i see why our SSS dont just make arrest according to them “they have been on their trail for a while” suggesting intercepts of information meaning the SSS will only strike when it is sure and ready. Notice how the Lebanese all Confessed and we do have many Lebanese wit lot of Buisness Connections i would advise they are all watched.

  21. ifiok umoeka says:

    I think that since the former iranian saga, they have been watched hence this arrest. I think we should make it clear to the iranians that, Nigeria is not anyone battle ground and that there is a price to pay. We should start thinking on the next phase should the iranians and hizbolla want to mess up thing for us

  22. ifiok umoeka says:

    I’ll not be surprised if the boys heave in another catch. There is more where that came from. We should begin to review all the constructions that arab contractors has been involved in. Remember the bomb that took out the chechen president a few years ago in a stadium?

  23. Spirit says:

    Iran hates the US and Isreal
    Hezbolla also hates the US and Isreal
    Iran has the money and the weapon.
    Hezbolla has the manpower and the fanatism
    The symbiosis between them is super.
    Iran will never try what she did in 1986 aging that made the US lauch operation ‘Praying Mantis’, what it can do is to fight this kind of ‘Proxy wars’ with the US and Isreal. Since they know (do they?) how ‘weak’ our security is and how and porous our boders are, they decided to make Nigeria the battle ground. Now they know better.

    Kudos to our security agencies.

  24. Spirit says:

    Beeg, I sent you a mail.

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