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Monday, June 10, 2013
Hezbollah Armoury: Lebanese Sue FG For N50billion
Four Lebanese including the co-owner of Amigo supermarket, Mustapha Fawaz, who were arrested over the cache of arms uncovered in Kano state have filed a suit before the Federal High Court, Abuja for unlawful arrest and detention without trial.
They are demanding N50 billion as compensation from the Department of State Security Services (DSS), the Director General of DSS, Ekpeyong Ita and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke.
In the suit filed by Mr Bamidele Aturu, the applicants are asking the court to declare their arrest and continued detention without trial as “illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”
They are also asking the court to stop the respondents from unlawfully extraditing them.
Armoury suspected to be that of Hezbollah organization were recently uncovered by a team of joint security officers after conducting a search of the house located at No3 Gaya road off Bompai road allegedly belonging to one Abdul Hassan Taher Fadlalla – a Lebanese national who is now at large and declared wanted.
The DSS on 16 May, 2013 arrested one Mustapha Fawaz, suspected to be the co-owner of the popular Amigo supermarket as well as Wonderland Amusement Park, all in Abuja. They also arrested one Abdullahi Tahini at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport while trying to leave the country.
Following the arrest of Mustapha Fawaz, businesses belonging to him such as Amigo Super, Wonderland Amusement Park in the nation’s capital have been shut down.
Joint security forces, again discovered more weapons another a cooler buried under a wardrobe at the same Lebanese house. The cooler contained 80 indicators, 5 PPK pistols, 334 rounds of 7.62mm special, 9 magazines, 4 pistol silencers, hand grenades caps, 4 explosive fuses and 2 explosive device.
Meanwhile the chairman, Lebanese community in Kano state, Mr. Muhammed Taher Fadlalla, on Sunday,denied ownership of the house where large quantity of assorted weapons suspected to be that of Hezbollah terrorist organization were uncovered by the JSF in the state.
In an interview with Channels Television, Mr. Fadlalla, denied any knowledge of knowing or coming in contact with the said Abdu Hassan Taher Fadlalla or the other occupants of the house.