SPECIAL forces drafted from the Nigerian Military, Tuesday night, raided a residential building-cum-warehouse packed with sophisticated military hardware at Bompai, a highbrow area located within the precinct of police and immigration headquarters in the troubled northern commercial city.
Vanguard learnt that the
warehouse belonged to an alien from the Middle East and located in Gaya
Road, Bompai GRA and within a striking distance to the Police state
headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service.
sources close to the military told Vanguard, on condition of anonymity,
in Kano that the highly coordinated military operation was carried out
following a tip-off by a suspect under investigation.
troops were said to have stormed the residence, picked up the occupants
and in the ensuing search on the suspected bungalow, large cache of arms
and ammunition were discovered in the sitting room and some wardrobe in
The military source revealed that, “large quantities
of the military hardware were buried in the house, while some were
neatly concealed. It took a trained officer in counter-terrorism to
discover the hidden mass weapon of war.”
security source further revealed that items recovered from the 72-hour
operation includes: 40 air-to-surface missiles, 50 cluster bombs, 200
rocket-propel launcher, eight AK-47 rifles, 200 military hand grenades,
uncountable number of live ammunition and certain military hard wares
deployed to destroy Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC.”
dependable source said that the weapons of war were evacuated to the
headquarters of the 3rd Motorised Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Kano,
alongside two other arrested nationals of the same Middle East
extraction, in connection with the shocking discovery.
stated that preliminary investigation revealed that “three countries
have been indicted and the military high command is working to ascertain
However, a civilian
eyewitness, who lives in the neighbourhood, said he counted over “300
AK-47 riffles and I saw soldiers packing ammunition using shovels into
some large containers from the house.”
The account gave the name
of the suspect as one Ta’al, who appeared to be in his late 50s,
stressing that “Ta’al had been staying in the house for the past five
years alone without his family, and lived a secluded life as he hardly
associate himself with people in the neighbourhood.
“The suspect hardly received visitors and drives a white Toyota Hilux, and doesn’t keep late night.”
the military authorities are keeping sealed lips over the development
as effort to get their side of the story proved abortive.
contacted, JTF spokesman in Kano, Capt Ikediche Iweha, neither denied
nor confirmed the discovery, but pleaded understanding, saying that “we
are going to issue a statement.”