February 26, 2017

Lebanese arrested in connection to Hezbollah says he was ordered to spy on Israeli Embassy in Nigeria

Lebanese suspect, Mustapha Fawaz, who was arrested in Kano in May on suspicions belonging to Hezbollah, has admitted to being a member of the group and surveilling the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria. Fawaz, in a taped statement, revealed that he’d received his assignment from a top Hezbollah agent identified as “Isah”. The suspect, who co-owns Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park Resort, was forthcoming with details of his surveillance mission. He revealed that he got aerial photos of the capital city from the top of the Sheraton Hotel and said his businesses, now shut down by the government, were fitted ...

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At least 20 feared dead in multiple explosions at Sabon Gari

At least 20 people are reported dead after a bomb explosion in Sabon Gari in Kano on Monday. Punch reports four bombs were detonated in the affected area and suspected Islamist sect, Boko Haram, is believed to be responsible for the attack. The first explosion occurred at 9:12 p.m. near International Hotel; some three minutes later, a second explosion was reported near a local pub in Sabon Gari, frequented by non-indigenes. A resident who spoke to the Punch newspapers said the series of explosions continued until 10 p.m. The AFP reported that “at least four explosions” had occurred on Monday ...

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In Kano, a hero’s welcome for Al-Mustapha (PHOTOS)

Kano State gave Major Hamza Al-Mustapha a hero’s welcome on Sunday when the former aide of late General Sani Abacha, who only recently regained his freedom after 14 years in jail, arrived at the Aminu International Airport.   Mr. Mustapha, Abacha’s former Chief Security Officer, was given a second leash in life on Friday when the Court of Appeal in Lagos overturned a death penalty handed down by a lower court and declared him not guilty in the murder of late Kudirat Abiola. Kudirat was assassinated in June 1996, three years after he politician husband Moshood Abiola was rumored to ...

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Governor Lamido’s son convicted of false declaration of foreign currency in Kano

Governor’s son or not, never travel with undeclared cash. Aminu Lamido, son of Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, learned that the hard way after he was convicted by a Federal High Court in Kano on Friday for false declaration of foreign currency on him while travelling abroad. He was arrested in December 2012 at the international airport in Kano. Judge Fatu Riman said Aminu declared only $10,000 of the $50,000 he was traveling with and for that error in judgement he has been ordered to hand over 25 per cent of the amount he did not declare. We did the ...

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Abuja court denies bail for three Lebanese suspects linked to Hezbollah

The three Lebanese suspects accused of plotting terrorist attacks for Hezbollah and being in possession of a stockpile of weapons have been denied bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja. According to Voice of America News, Judge Adeniyi Ademola Adetokunbo, on Friday said the suspects, Mustapha Fawaz, Abdullah Tahini and Talal Roda, would remain in SSS custody in “the interest of national security”. Judge Adetokunbo assured them a speedy trial, however, so as not to disrespect their rights. All three men have been in custody since their arrests in May in Kano and have filed a N50 billion lawsuit ...

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Kano court sentences two to death over murder

Nigeria courts are handing out more death sentences, despite the negative blowback from the international community following the executions of four prisoners in Edo State. A Kano State High Court on Monday reportedly sentenced two men to death by hanging after they were convicted for murdering a businessman in 2005. Both suspects were charged in court in 2007 with conspiracy and murder. The court heard how they planned the murder of Sule Adamu, the victim, who they allegedly hit over the head with a stick before slitting his throat with a knife, according to the Daily Trust. The prosecution, led ...

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Nigeria files terrorism charges against Hezbollah-linked Lebanese citizens

Nigerian authorities on Wednesday filed fresh terrorism charges against three Hezbollah-linked Lebanese citizens who were arrested in Kano in May. A total of five suspects were implicated, but three remain in custody, one on the run and a fifth suspect was cleared and free to go. The three suspects, Mustapha Fawaz, Abdullah Tahini and Talal Roda were hit with a six-count charge of terrorism. Last week, the State Security Service, SSS, dropped the initial charges they had filed against the three suspects to make room for the fresh charges. The SSS alleged that upon further investigation the Lebanese men, who ...

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SSS withdraws initial charges against Hezbollah suspects

Nigeria’s secret police is dropping its current charges against the four Lebanese nationals arrested in connection with the Hezbollah terrorist cell and armoury discovered in Kano. Punch reports that State Security Service, who revealed last week that suspects were involved in a “more serious case of terrorism”, will be filing fresh terrorism charges against the four men. The suspects, Mustapha Fawaz, Abdullahi Tahini, Talal Rouda and Khosai Nouridine, appeared in court for the first time last week at the Karu Chief Magistrate’s Court in Abuja. The court reconvened on Wednesday when SSS counsel Mr. Clifford Osagie applied to withdraw the ...

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SSS alleges Hezbollah suspects were part of “military wing”

Nigeria’s secret police has said the three Lebanese suspects arrested in connection with the Hezbollah terrorist group were involved in more sinister activities, explaining that “preliminary investigation has established a more serious case of terrorism.” The State Security Service revealed this in a counter-affidavit they filed in response to the suit brought against them by the suspects – Mustapha Fawaz, Abdullahi Tahini and Talal Rhoda. A fourth suspect is said to be at large, but the three in custody of the SSS are suing the security agency, along with the Inspector General of Police and Attorney General of the Federation ...

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Suspected Hezbollah terrorists arraigned in Abuja (PHOTOS)

Three Lebanese nationals arrested in Kano over suspicions of belonging to an Islamist terrorist group, Hezbollah, were arraigned on Thursday at the Federal High court Abuja. The suspects arrived in court in a blue Toyota van at about 9:00a.m. this morning and shielded their faces as they were led into the court room. The men – Mustapha Fawaz, who co-owns Amigo supermarket, Abdullahi Tahini and Talal Rhoda – were arrested between May 16 and May 28. They were linked to a fourth suspect, whose residence on Gaya Road served as an armory for the suspected terrorist cell.  In two separate ...

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