The Nigerian security agencies may spread its investigation on the recent arms discovery in Kano to ascertain the extent of internal and external conspiracies against Nigeria as it has been discovered that some arrested Lebanese secret Agents may give clues to outside sponsors of terrorism in the country.
The Security agents also want to establish if the arrest of three Lebanese would shed a light to the major suppliers of ammunition to the dreaded Boko Haram. Many have held the opinion that Boko Haram were getting their heavy arms from Libya insurrection spill over and other secret sources.
Even tough it is long been believed that Boko Haram derive its present strength from many outside links, there has been no concrete evidence about who have been involved in the conspiracy to terrorize the nation.
Three Lebanese with large business interests who were arrested recently have been facing questioning. They are said to have well established business interest in the country with businesses both in Kano and Abuja.
The Nigerian security agencies are now looking at the possibility of the Lebanese currently on the pay roll of both economic and political terrorists who want to sabotage Nigeria by creating instability and chaos just for the sake of personal interests. The security also want to establish all religious links.
The three Lebanese Nigerians resident in the northern part of the country last month were arrested following the discovery of large stockpiles of ammunition buried in hidden locations in a residential quarters in Kano.
Government sources have been hastened to suspect the arrested of being members of the terrorist group, The Hezbollah.
The national Security raid on one of their residences had revealed a stash of weapons buried underground. .
The three suspects were arrested between May 16 and May 28 in Kano, northern Nigeria.
According to the city’s military spokesman, Captain Ikedichi Iweha in a statement, all the arrested had admitted to being members of Hezbollah under questioning.
A raid on the residence of one of the Lebanese had uncovered 11 60 mm anti-tank weapons, four anti-tank landmines, two rounds of ammunition for a 122 mm artillery gun, 21 rocket-propelled grenades, seventeen AK-47s with more than 11,000 bullets and some dynamite, he said.
The military spokes person claimed that during investigation, they all confessed that “The arms and ammunition were targeted at facilities of Israel and Western interest in Nigeria,”. He gave no further elaboration during a Press Conference.
The secret service detained the first suspect, Mustapha Fawaz, on May 16 at his supermarket in Kano. His interrogation led to other suspects, including Abdullah Tahini, who was later arrested at Kano airport with $60,000 in undeclared cash.
The third, Talal Roda, a Nigerian and Lebanese citizen, was arrested on Sunday at the house where the weapons were found two days later.
“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,” Iweha said. “All those arrested have confessed to have undergone Hezbollah terrorist training.”
The possibility of a link with Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram, which Nigerian forces are battling in the northeast, was being investigated, Iweha said at a news conference.
An alliance between Salafist Sunni Muslim Boko Haram and Shi’ite Hezbollah would be unusual, and there has never previously been evidence of such a link.
There are an several thousand Shi’ite Muslim Nigerians, a legacy of Muslim radical Ibrahim Zakzaky’s preachings since the 1980s. Zakzaky still leads Nigeria’s main Shi’ite movement and has campaigned for an Islamic government and stricter adherence to sharia, or Islamic law.
Iweha declined to say if any link to Zakzaky was being investigated, and his movement is currently seen as largely peaceful.
A Nigerian court sentenced an alleged member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and a Nigerian accomplice to five years in prison this month over an illegal shipment of mortars and rockets seized in the main port of Lagos in 2010.
Apart from religious extremism, the nation’s security claimed it would work out the possibility of the men serving major international bodies with special interest in sabotaging Nigeria to gain economic and political powers, stalking the nation through psychological instability and emotional disorganization, which the nation had experienced for several years.