Lebanese community in Kano dissociates self from arrested nationals with alleged ties to Hezbollah

The Lebanese leader said this on Friday.

The Lebanese community in Kano has strongly condemned three of its members who were arrested by security agencies after a large cache of arms and ammunitions were found in a dump owned and operated by the suspects.

The Defence Headquarters Thursday said the three and another suspect still at large are suspected of having ties with the Hezbollah resistant movement based in Lebanon.

The Kano Lebanese community, in a statement Friday, signed by its Chairman, Tahir Fadlallah, said “” The Lebanese community in Kano and Nigeria condemns crime in whatever manner.

Mr. Fadlallah added that “we have been living in Nigeria for upwards of a century in peace and conducting our lawful business and have never been associated with any crime over this period of stay in Nigeria, and we will not accept, assist, or associate with criminal activities by individual or group.”

The leader also said the Lebanese community is “prepared and willing to cooperate with security agents to counter any act of terrorism.”

It restated its confidence in the relevant authorities to carry out thorough investigations with a view to bringing the culprit to justice.

It could be recalled that the Joint Task Force, JTF, in Kano on May 28 conducted a search at a 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.

The Defence Headquarters said the search team uncovered “an underground bunker in the master bed room where a large quantity of assorted weapons of different types and calibre were recovered”.

The weapons found in the house include anti-tank weapons, rocket propelled guns, anti-tank/anti-personnel mines among other dangerous weapons. All the weapons and ammunition recovered were properly concealed with several layers of concrete and placed in coolers, drums and bags neatly wrapped.

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