Terrorism: Court remands three Lebanese in SSS custody


scale_of_justiceThe three Lebanese arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano with large arms cache were arraigned on Wednesday before a Karu Chief Magistrate Court.

The suspects were charged for illegal possession of firearms.

Those arraigned before Chief Magistrate Muyiwa Oyeyipo were Mustapha Reda Darwish Fawaz, Talal Roda Abdulla Tahini and Hussain Nurudeen Kossdi.

All the accused pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate ordered them to be remanded in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS).

The case was adjourned till June 19, 2013.

The JTF last week arrested the Lebanese with large cache of arms in their home in Kano.

After the arrest, Brigadier-General Iliyasu Abba, the Brigade Commander, 3rd Brigade, Nigerian Army, said one of the suspects was arrested 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 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 land mines and 12 RPG bombs, 14 RPG charger, 11 66 mm anti-tanks weapons, one SMG magazine, one pistol and magazine.

Also, 11,433 rounds of 7.26 mm special, 76 hand grenade, rocket propelled guns, 122 calibre artillery and anti mines weapons were recovered.



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