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Friday, July 6, 2012

Two Al-Qaeda Suspects Docked In Abuja

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Thursday, remanded two alleged linkmen of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation in Nigeria, Olaniyi Babafemi Lawal and Luqman Babatunde, in prison custody.
Justice Gladys Olotu ordered their remand shortly after the two accused persons pleaded not guilty to a six-count charge of terrorism that was preferred against them by the Federal Government.
Specifically, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, alleged that the duo willfully received monies in Saudi Riyals and the US Dollars equivalent of N1,000,000.00 from a terrorist organisation known as Al-Qaeda, in Arabian Peninsula also known as AQAP in Yemen, with intent that the said money shall be used to recruit and transport prospective members of the terrorist group to Yemen.
Their action, according to the AGF, contravened Section 13(a) of Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 and is punishable under paragraph (c) of the same section of the Act.
Whereas the first accused person, Lawal, hails from Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, the second accused person, Babatunde is from Isolo Local Government in Lagos state.
The Federal Government further alleged that they provided logistics for activities connected with an Act of terrorism, saying the crime was committed between June and July 2011.
Though counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Sharafa Yusuf pleaded the court to release them on bail, prosecution counsel, Mr. S. M. Labaran, urged the court to detain them in prison.
Meanwhile, Justice Olotu, Thursday, adjourned till October 2 and 3 to commence trial of the accused persons.

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