A notorious ISIS cleric, Ahmed Al Assir, who has been on the run for over two years was arrested in Lebanon. The cleric was on his way to Nigeria.
Ahmed Al Assir, a top ISIS cleric who was en route to Nigeria was arrested in Lebanon.
Mr. Al Assir, who had been on the run for over two tears, was caught at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport on Saturday while trying to board a flight to Egypt using a fake Palestinian passport. Lebanon authorities disclosed that the ISIS cleric was planning on flying to Nigeria via Cairo.
According to Vanguard news, a photo posted by the National News Agency after the arrest revealed that Mr. Al Assir had recently adopted a new look, shaving his long, unkempt beard and trading his usual religious robes and headwear for a more inconspicuous jacket and sweater. Some local news outlets suggested Mr Assir had also had plastic surgery to alter his appearance.
The ISIS cleric was arrested with a fake Palestinian passport and with a valid Nigerian Visa at the Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport early Saturday, August 15, 2015 in Lebanon.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for immediate investigation on how the ISIS cleric got a Nigerian Visa.
The reported arrest of the wanted terrorist is a huge embarrassment to Nigeria and the President has directed that the matter should be investigated. The embassy in Lebanon has been directed to furnish the ministry with details of how the man got the visa. The National Intelligence Agency Officer has been directed to provide details of what happened
According to Vanguard news, the ministry of foreign affairs has been directed to explain how such a dangerous personality got a Nigerian Visa.