America bans owners of Amigo supermarket, Wonderland Amusement Park over alleged terrorist activities

The United States of America has banned the owners of Nigeria’s Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland from dealing with any U.S. person.

In a statement, the United States Department of Treasury said it has frozen all property and assets owned by Fauzii Fawad, Mustapha Fawaz and Abdallah Tahini.

All three men were also earlier named by the Joint Task Force, Kano, as members of a Lebanese Hezbollah group in Nigeria.

The U.S. Department of Treasury said the trio and their companies have been issued Executive Order 133224 for acting for or on behalf of Hezbollah, a Lebanese group.

A U.S. Executive Order 12947 of January 1995 listed Hezbollah as a Specially Designated Terrorist, while the Department of State designated Hezbollah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997 and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in October 2001.

“As these designations make clear we will track Hezbollah’s illicit activities to all corners of the earth.

“Together with our international partners, we are tirelessly working to dismantle Hezbollah’s financial apparatus. Wherever this terrorist group may seek to raise funds, we will target and expose its activity,” the statement said.

Wonderland is Abuja’s biggest and most popular amusement park, while Amigo is one of the largest supermarkets in the Nigerian capital.

In May, 2013, the Joint Task Force in Kano said Mr. Fawad’s name was mentioned by three Lebanese arrested for being in possession of heavy weapons, and other terrorism related activities.

Mr. Fawad and three other Lebanese – charged for terrorism and alleged importation of firearms were arrested by a JTF raid in Kano in May, 2103.

They were charged to court but were later free after a Court in Karu, an Abuja suburb, stuck out the suit following an application by the prosecutor, Cliff Osagie.

The State Security Service and the Nigerian Army said they found several arms and ammunition including anti-tank guns in buildings belonging to the Lebanese in Kano.

The raid by the JTF led to the sealing of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park in Abuja at the time.

At the trial, the prosecutor, in his application to withdraw the charges, told the court that further investigation against the accused persons revealed that the offences for which they were charged before the court were outside the scope and jurisdiction of the court.

A different case was however, filed by the Lebanese at a Federal High Court seeking the release of the accused persons from detention and an apology from the Nigerian Security agencies for their detention. They demanded N50 billion as damages.

On June 8, 2013, the DSS sought President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval for the immediate demolishing of Amigo Supermarket, the approval was, however, not granted.

The lawyer for the suspects, Bamidele Aturu, questioned the rationale behind the planned demolition of the Amigo building. He also threatened legal action against the federal government if those arrested were not charged to court immediately as required by law.

On November 29, 2013, a Federal High Court in Abuja, sentenced Tahal Roda, to life imprisonment on terrorism charges. The court however, cleared Messrs. Fawaz and Thani, of all charges levelled against them.

During their trial, Simon Egede, the prosecution counsel, maintained that the accused persons were guilty of the charges, especially based on the evidence given by witnesses.

Mr. Egede said that Hezbollah was a terrorist group and should be treated as such. He explained that any organization that was involved in bombing and destruction was a terrorist organization and prayed the court to convict the accused.

However, Robert Clarke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the defence counsel, opposed the submission of the prosecution counsel, saying Hezbollah had not been pronounced a terrorist organization by the Nigerian government.

He said Hezbollah was like any other group and, therefore, prayed the court to acquit and discharge the accused.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in his ruling also ordered an immediate reopening of the supermarket and Amusement park which were sealed for seven months.

Mr. Mustapha, the U.S. says, is a significant donor to the Hezbollah group.

In September, 2003, he reportedly solicited donations in Abuja, Nigeria, and helped arrange the transmission of these funds to Hezbollah in Lebanon, the US department of the treasury said.

He communicated and received emails and newsletters regarding the group’s activities and aided in the distribution of information to other Hezbollah supporters in Abuja, while using special surveillance cameras based at Amigo Supermarket to monitor the movements of expatriates, especially Israelis.

According to the U.S., Mr. Fauzi is a Hezbollah Foreign Relations Department official in Abuja. The department scouts for recruits for the Hezbollah’s military units, creates and supports Hezbollah’s terrorist infrastructure for its operational units in Africa and globally

Messrs. Fawad and Fauzi are co-owners of Amigo Supermarket Limited, holding a combined 70 per cent ownership share, and are both listed as a Director.
They also hold combined 100 per cent interest in Wonderland Amusement Park, with Mr. Fawad as Managing Director.

The duo also own Kafak Enterprises Limited, a holding company operating in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. They are the Managing Directors of this entity.

The third Lebanese listed, Mr. Tahini, is said to have received military training in Lebanon and described as a permanent representative of the Hezbollah Foreign Relations Department


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  • emm

    Governance at work

  • Adewale

    That is intel at work. Not sharing dollars for campaign.

  • Udemil

    People will not coment on this, cause it is not PDP or APC where money are shared or tribalism and ignorance of thought are displayed. People don´t even use this as a good polical issue to address the Boko Haram problem. Where do they get their Intelligence, amunitions, personel and finance from. No one can think of that in connection to this US-report. It shows clearly how most nigerians can connect their thinking capacities to/with such sensible issue in respect to their deterable state of living in the mist of aboundance wealth. Open your minds my fellow country men.

    • McAlfred Uta

      May God bless you for this observation. As for the political paid jobbers may they continue with their tirade against each other while their paymasters (POLITCIANS) laugh behind the scene at their timidity.

  • peaceometer

    Nigeria government take throd the path of these afraid.

  • Ferdinand

    This is highly disgraceful indictment of our security system including intelligence gathering. Corruption has killed everything we have. Shame on DSS, DMI etc

    • kykkyk

      Na APC dem go de follow about . Dem see Terrorists dem no fit arrest.Olodo!

  • warry

    I dont know why they were released by the courts in the first place.I had always suspected these guys.

  • tundemash

    On June 8, 2013, the DSS sought President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval for the immediate demolishing of Amigo Supermarket, the approval was, however, not granted.

    Typical of the DSS goats and their Dumbo President !

  • Wähala

    The Lebanese Cartel have been responsible for everything corruption-related in Nigeria right from the 70’s with their printing of Naira notes. Today, they control the importation of grapes & apples via Cotonou to sophisticated weaponry for terrorists allover Africa with Kano as their HQ. While the ugly Marilyn Ogar and her dog-eating boss, Ita Enang, sleep on the job, the Americans have once again demonstrated the right attitude to dealing with terrorism sponsors with this decisive blow to their funding channels. Our security operative only get reports on political opponents but wait for “petitions” or complaints before moving against thugs who threaten the peace and unity of the nation. Just last week, Lady Hippopatience called for “stoning” of anybody who calls for change in Calabar, that after militant terrorists threatened bloodbath if their crook is not re-elected, yet, our slumbering DSS are still snoring waiting for someone to petition them into action. Useless lot. Partisan clowns. Those Lebanese should have been deported in sane clime, but in Nigeria a little bribe is all it takes to stake the lives of millions at the hands of designated terrorists.

  • Ezuduemoih

    Some people just open their mouth and talk any how. The DSS and DMI did their jobs but our courts in their wisdom let them loose how is that the fault of DSS? The truth is that very influential northerners worked to free this men. I personally do not patronize their out let because even the environment smells of terrorism. you can see the connection of this people with the northern elite. See how their children are easily recruited into terrorism. Abdumutallab and Ibrahim Uwais the son of the former chief justice of Nigeria is a pointer to what is going on.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    This matter was full of all sorts of crime. Justice Adeniyi Ademola collected N150m from the suspects and reneged on the agreement he reached with the accused persons to free them all. He sentenced one of them to life imprisonment and he (Ademola) has not known peace since then. He has been queried by NJC in respect of the case; even as EFCC is on his own case. Simon Egede, who prosecuted the matter, is himself guilty of impersonation as, contrary to his claim, he was never appointed DPP (whether in Acting or substantive capacity). the AGF is guilty of encouraging Egede’s impersonation because he knew all along that Simon Egede was only his Special Assistant. All 3 characters (Ademola, Egede and Adoke) ought to be serving prison time if we were in a civilized clime. Nigeria is truly a huge scam!!!

  • Republican in VI

    I hope they seized all their properties after sending them to jail

  • hummm

    Nigerian govt as usuual deems them as non terrorist, while the US who has done its homework knows better. GEJ, wants America to asist him in fighting terrorsist, while his adminstration is non cooperative. This guy is going to loose the election on March 28.

  • Ronke Idowu

    The Lebanese, the Koreans and most especially the Chinese are the external “troublers” of this country. The have perfected the act of corruption to the highest level and found willing tools in the Nigerian people especially the political class and elites. They are never straight forward in their business dealings always looking for short cuts and illegal routes to the detriment of the country. The immigration allows even these “undesirable elements” once they are”settled”. God help Nigeria.

  • Chris1408

    USA, acting on Nigeria investigation is taking action against these terrorists, but our dumbo GEJ and his administration are celebrating the thieves and terrorists.

    • BlackieUmukoro

      The courts freed the terrorists on technical grounds so why blame Ebele

  • sam funso

    What corruption will do in Nigeria under Jonathan only God can know. In a country without conscience and where there is no effective leadership this is the end result. Jonathan and his crude wife Patience are busy bribing Bishops and Churches to continue in government. We need to move against these lebanese and terrorists. That is why we do not want the contnuation of this corrupt government.

    • BlackieUmukoro

      Is Joathan who freed the terrirosts

      • Stomach Infrastructure

        Dumbo should have deported them under security threats to the country. But they are one of his campaign financiers. Corruption is the root of all evil things in this country.

        • emmanuel

          Aturu received God’s instant justice. The other leg, Justice Ademola is a chaw chaw judge.

          So blame your kinsmen for loving money more than life

        • BlackieUmukoro

          Blame the judiciary for freeing the terrorists on technical grounds and not Jonathan please Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • segun

    meanwhile PDP would be playing blame game instead of investigating thoroughly and bringing the sponsors to book.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Once the price is right some of lawyers undermine national security to promote terrorists on useless technical grounds