Saturday, 28 September 2013

Alleged Nigeria terrorist pleads 'not guilty' in the US Court.

A Nigerian citizen pleaded not guilty in a United States federal court in Brooklyn on Friday to helping an al Qaeda affiliate recruit English-speaking people in Nigeria.
Between January 2010 and August 2011, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi traveled twice from Nigeria to Yemen to train with leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP, U.S. prosecutors said in a statement.
Babafemi, 33, helped AQAP’s media operations, including the publication of its magazine, called “Inspire,” according to the statement.
The group’s leadership, including Anwar al-Awlaki, paid
Babafemi almost $9,000 to recruit English-speaking people from Nigeria, according to prosecutors.

Reports says that Babafemi, also known as “Ayatollah Mustapha,” was charged with four counts in an indictment, including conspiracy to provide material support to AQAP and use of firearms.
He faces life in prison if convicted on firearms charges and up to 15 years in prison on the material support charges.
U.S. District Judge John Gleeson on Friday ordered Babafemi held without bail.
In August, a Nigerian court granted a U.S. request for Babafemi’s extradition.
“The defendant threw his efforts behind al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s media, recruitment, and weapons training campaigns in an effort to strengthen the terrorist group’s grip on the region and extend its reach throughout the world,” Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a prepared statement on Friday.
“We will use every tool at our disposal to combat al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in a manner consistent with our laws,” Lynch said.

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