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.
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