NCRI – Nigerian authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of three men with ties to Lebanese Hezbollah. Authorities also announced the discovery of a weapons cache linked to the group.
One report said that that authorities in Kano showed off “11 anti-tank weapons, four anti-tank mines, a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and 21 RPG missiles, 17 AK-47s, two sub-machine guns and 76 grenades.”
Nigerian authorities stated that the three members of the cell were arrested within the past two weeks and that during questioning all admitted to being members of Hezbollah which is supported by the Iranian regime.
Mustapha Fawaz was arrested on May 16 and led authorities to Abdullah Tahini, who was arrested with approximately $60,000 in undeclared cash at an airport in Kano. Talal Roda was eventually arrested at the site of the weapons.
According to a Nigerian official, “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.”
Thursday’s announcement comes after a Nigerian court sentenced a member of Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) 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.