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Nigeria grants US extradition request

29 August 2013, 12:50

Abuja - A Nigerian court has ordered the extradition of one of its citizens wanted in the United States for terrorism.

Earlier this month the United States Embassy requested Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi's extradition on a federal indictment charging he provided support to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The papers said Babafemi, 33, admitted to FBI agents that he travelled to Yemen with AQAP members and received $8 600 to return to Nigeria and recruit English speakers to radicalise others.

Federal High Court Judge Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday ordered Babafemi to go to the US to face the indictment.

Babafemi, also known as Abdullah Ayatollah Mustapha, did not contest the order.

AQAP claims many terrorist attacks including the 2009 attempted bombing of a Northwest Airline flight by a Nigerian with explosives in his underwear.

- AP


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