FG arraigns two Nigerians suspected to be members of Al-Qaeda

Channels Television  
Updated July 5, 2012

The Federal Government has arraigned two Al-Qaeda suspects before a high court sitting in Abuja for allegedly aiding and abating terrorist activities in the country.

The two accused persons Olaniyi Lawal and Lukman Babatunde both pleaded not guilty to the six counts and were later remanded in prison custody pending their next appearance in court.

The first accused person Mr Lawal, 31, is said to have received monies in Saudi Riyals and in US Dollars equivalent to N1 million from a terrorist organisation known as Al-Qaeda in May 2011 to recruit and transport new members to Yemen for combat training in terrorism.

Mr Lawal alongside the second accused Mr Babatunde, 30, allegedly convened a meeting in June 2011 to further the objective of the proscribed organisation.

Also in the charge sheet, the second accused person was said to have provided facilities and logistics for the meeting.

The offence committed by the duo as stated in the charge is punishable under the terrorism and prevention act 2011.

The trial judge adjourned the case to October 2 and 3.