Arms importation: Lebanese suspects seek immediate release
The three Lebanese men arrested in connection with the alleged importation of arms on Friday prayed a Federal High Court, Abuja, for immediate order of release from the State Security Service custody.
The SSS is accusing the owners of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park, Mustapha Fawaz, Abdalah Tahini and Talal Rouda of alleged importation of firearms and being members of the Hezbolla terror cell.
In their application for the enforcement of their fundamental rights, the men asked the court to declare that their arrest and continued detention without trial by the SSS is “illegal,unlawful, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”
Named as respondents are the Inspector -General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN).
The men, through their counsel, Mr. Adbullahi Raji (SAN), also prayed the court for an Interim Order restraining the SSS, IGP and AGF from continued arrest, detention, harassment and intimidation of their families, relations and/or business interests.
Raji, in his submissions, denied that his clients were members of the Hezbollah Military Wing, as they were being accused of by the SSS.
He said that his clients did not import any weapons into the country.
“What they have are mere hunting rifles. My clients denied that the weapons that the SSS showed in exhibit 1, was found in their house in Kano.
“To put the records straight, none of my clients live on Tukur Road of Nasarawa area of Kano. They all live in Abuja,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the counsel on the issue.
He urged the court to hold that the SSS had no legal instrument before they arrested and detained his clients since May 11.