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Nigerian Man Pleads Guilty to U.S. Charges of Aiding Al Qaeda



Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi Bella Naija

Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi

A 33-year-old Nigerian citizen, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges of  giving material support to Al-Qaeda affiliates, and taking part in its media and recruitment campaigns.

Babafemi, also known as “Ayatollah Mustapha,” appeared before a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to ‘providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization,’ Reuters reports.

According to prosecutors, from  January 2010 and August 2011 the accused travelled from Nigeria to Yemen two times to have meetings with Al-Qaeda leaders in the Arabian Peninsula.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, stated that “the defendant travelled to Yemen to put himself at the disposal of a violent terrorist organization that has repeatedly demonstrated its determination to inflict bodily and economic harm on the United States and its citizens.”

Babafemi faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted. His sentencing will take place on August 27th.

Photo Credit: Vanguard


  1. @edDREAMZ

    April 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    His crime didnt worth 30yrs abeg…..

    • lilz

      April 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm


    • Iris

      April 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Are you a freaking retard?! Like really I’ve tried to hold my tongue but this is too much! Then when boko haram strikes you’ll come here and talk with the rest of us like you’re a human being. What the bloody hell are you – a terrorist in disguise?! “Didnt worth 30yrs”…Ugh I just can’t!

    • Sassy

      May 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Do you need to ask what sort of entity he is? It’s been obvious from the first day Bellanaijarians had the misfortune of sharing our blog space with him. We need to ignore him and hope he crawls back to the hole he crawled out from.

  2. jojo

    April 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Wait this man with his strong face is 33? Okay now I guess I am officially 13 then!

    • me

      April 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm


  3. kok

    April 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Now you know what idiocy is fuelling these BH problem in Naija. I have always maintained that they are being enabled…
    I hope they throw away the key when he is locked up. One down several to go. the need to hunt for the money trail financing them

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