World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Nigerian Muslim Group Denies Terror Link


By Gilbert da Costa
Abuja

Nigerian Muslim Group Denies Terror Link

A leading Muslim group in Nigeria has dismissed allegations by the country's secret police that several Muslim suspects in northern Nigeria are linked to terrorist organizations. The group says security agencies are out to slander Nigerian Muslims and are calling on President Umaru YarAdua to intervene.

In a statement, the Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria described the allegations by the State Security Service, the SSS, as wild accusations instigated by vested interests within and outside Nigeria.

"We are complaining about double standards in the treatment of Muslims and Christians by the SSS," said Nafiu Baba-Ahmed, the spokesman for the group. "Secondly, the implementation by the SSS of American agenda, which is to slander and molest Muslims, and label them terrorists, which happens to coincide with the agenda of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Innocent individuals will simply come and when arrested, hounded and put in underground cells. We are fed up."

Five Nigerian suspected terrorists, with alleged links to the al-Qaida terrorist network, were charged last month in Abuja. Prosecutors say the suspects, Muslim men in their 30s, were trained in Algeria to attack targets in Africa's most populous country.

Shehu Sani, a researcher in northern Nigeria with extensive knowledge of security issues in the Muslim-dominated region, says security agencies have a duty to investigate threats to national security.

"We are talking about the security situation in the country, we are talking about terrorism, we are talking about issues that have to with the possibility of the breakdown of law and order," said Sani.

"The insinuation proffered by the Shariah Supreme Council is simply borne out of sentiments and illogical. What we have on ground in this part of the country is that organizations and groups are affiliated to groups outside the country, of which the government or security agencies have no knowledge of."

Western diplomats have warned that Nigeria, which has a large Muslim population, could become a breeding ground for international terrorist groups like al-Qaida.

Muslim leaders in Nigeria have reacted angrily to such insinuations.

ENDS

More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Swing States: Gordon Campbell On Why The US Needs MMP

After the bizarre events this week in Helsinki, the world will be hoping and praying that the US midterm elections in November can put a restraining brake on the presidency of Donald Trump. This may happen, but there’s a highly undemocratic reason why such hopes may be frustrated. More>>

ALSO:

putin, trump scalpGordon Campbell: On The White House Romance With Russia

Tough on Europe over trade, at the G-7. Tough on Europe over defence, at NATO. And utterly smitten as usual by Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On This Week’s NATO Debacle

For someone routinely cast as a clown presiding over an administration in chaos, Donald Trump has been very consistent about his agenda, and remarkably successful in achieving it, in the short term at least. More>>

ALSO:

NZ Law Society: Rule Of Law Threatened In Nauru

“The recently enacted Administration of Justice Act 2018 is another clear sign of the deterioration of civil rights in Nauru,” the Law Society’s Rule of Law Committee convenor Austin Forbes QC says. More>>

ALSO:

'Fixing' Family Separation: Executive Order Imprisons Families Indefinitely

Amnesty: President Trump signed an executive order today mandating for children to stay with their parents in detention while their asylum claims are processed. More>>

ALSO: