Politics Court Approves Extradition of Alleged Nigerian Terrorist to U.S. to Face Crime Charges

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, gave the Federal Government the nod to extradite an alleged Nigerian Al-Qaeda leader, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, to the United States of America, to face charges bordering on terrorism.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, while granting an application filed against the alleged terror suspect, said he was satisfied with his decision and that Babafemi had a case to answer before the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York.

After the court gave its ruling, the United States government issued a statement saying it was awaiting extradition of the 33-year-old Al-Qaeda member over his indictment by the Federal Court in Brooklyn, on Tuesday, on the allegation of having a link with the terrorist group.

An indictment had been unsealed at the court in New York, charging the defendant with providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation, Al-Qaeda, in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), of which he was the leader, and using high-powered firearms in furtherance of the crime.

Babafemi was said to have admitted, upon interrogation that he was paid about $8,600 by the AQAP to return to Nigeria and recruit some English speaking individuals to work in AQAP’s English language media organisation.

The charges in the indictment against Babafemi are merely allegations until he is proven guilty.


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