August 29, 2013
Nigerian Charged w/ Helping Samir Khan Produce al Qaeda's Inspire Magazine
An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging a Nigerian citizen with providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and using high-powered firearms in furtherance of that crime. The United States is currently seeking the extradition of the defendant, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, also known as “Abdullah” and “Ayatollah Mustapha,” from Nigeria....I'll also note that he wouldn't be the first Nigerian to have helped AQAP out. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was given his underwear bomb by AQAP.
According to court documents, between approximately January 2010 and August 2011, the defendant traveled twice from Nigeria to Yemen to meet and train with leaders of AQAP, the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda. Babafemi assisted in AQAP’s English-language media operations, which include the publication of the magazine “Inspire.” At the direction of the now-deceased senior AQAP commander Anwar al-Aulaqi, Babafemi was provided by AQAP leadership with the equivalent of almost $9,000 in cash to recruit other English-speakers from Nigeria to join that group. While in Yemen, Babafemi also received weapons training from AQAP.
And the fact that he only was in Yemen a couple of times is meaningless: you can produce propaganda for al Qaeda sitting in front of a computer from anywhere in the world.