U.S. Sentences Nigerian Al-Qaeda Member To 22 Years In Jail

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The United States has sentenced Nigerian, Lawal Babafemi, to 22 years in jail for engaging in terror activities.

The 35-year-old, who is popularly called Ayatollah Mustapha, was accused of receiving weapons training from Al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, among other contributions, for the group’s English-language media operations.


It was learnt that Babafemi was sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn after pleading guilty in April 2014 to providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Even though, Babafemi is now extremely sorry and has denounced Al Qaeda, Judge Gleeson said “I wish I had a better feel for how genuine it is.”

“It’s hard to conjure a more serious offense,” the judge added.

His lawyer, Lisa Hoyes, noted that he had been advising another of her clients- who is in jail on charges of trying to join ISIS — to avoid terrorism, New York Times reports.

Prosecutors had sought up to 30 years in prison for Babafemi, who was extradited from Nigeria in 2013 after being arrested several times two years earlier on local terrorism charges.

Babafemi’s court-appointed lawyer in Brooklyn was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Prosecutors, from January 2010 to August 2011, Babafemi travelled from Nigeria to Yemen twice to meet with leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP.



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