A Nigerian citizen, Lawal Babafemi, who was extradited to the United States has pleaded not guilty in a U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn to helping an Al-Qaeda affiliate recruit English-speaking people in Nigeria.
U.S. District Judge, John Gleeson yesterday ordered that Babafemi be held without bail.
Mr. Babafemi, also known as “Ayatollah Mustapha,” was charged with four counts, including conspiracy to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization in violation of title 18 of the United States code.
He faces life in prison if convicted on firearms charges and up to 15 years in prison on the charges of material support.
A Federal High Court in Abuja sometime in August, granted the request of the Federal Government seeking to extradite Lawal Babafemi also known as Abdullahi Ayatollah Mustapha to the United States.
Mr Lawal was indicted of conspiracy to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization in violation of title 18 of the United States code and the United States requested that he be extradited out of Nigeria to answer charges of terrorism proffered against him.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the order after he confirmed from the suspect that he was not going to contest his extradition to the United States of America.
In his ruling, Justice Ahmed Mohammed said since the application was not contested by the suspect, the court is satisfied with the request and application of the Attorney General of the Federation.
He also ordered that Mr Babafemi be surrendered to officials of the United States of America not later than fifteen days from when the order was made in line with the extradition act 2004 and he should remain in the custody of the department of state services until his extradition.
The United States of America had on the 26 of July 2013 made a formal request to Nigeria seeking the extradition of Mr Lawal Babafemi also known as Abdullahi Ayatollah Mustapha to answer charges of providing support to terrorist organizations against the United States of America.