Three men from Lebanon were arrested said an army spokesperson. The spokesperson said the cache found included anti-tank weapons, rifles and one RPG and was in the northern city if Kano inside a warehouse.
The State Security Service for Nigeria said the cache was being stored and was intended to be used by Hezbollah against Israel and its Western interests.
A general in the Nigerian army said that 4 anti-tank mines, 11 anti-tank weapons, 21 rocket propelled missiles, 1 RPG, two machine guns, 16 AK-47s and over 75 grenades were among the stash of artillery the army found.
The owner of the warehouse is Lebanese where the weapons were located was not in the country. The weapons were stored in boxes with sawdust to hide them better.
Kano city is one of Nigeria’s biggest commercial hubs and has a large community of Lebanese businessmen.
This is just the first time the government of Nigeria has alleged that Hezbollah had an operation inside its borders.
Kano as well as much of northeastern Nigeria has suffered through numerous attacks over the past three years since Boko Haram, the Islamist militant organization, which is home grown, started launching its insurgency.
Officials from the army said you could almost be sure that if a group such as Hezbollah was in the country then it was lending support to the local terrorist organizations of Nigeria.
Hezbollah is a political and military movement of the Shia and based in nearby Lebanon. It is considered by many, including the U.S. to be a terrorist group.