NEW YORK (AP) — A Nigerian defendant is set to appear in a U.S. court to face terrorism charges.
Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi was brought to the U.S. earlier this year. A federal indictment accuses him of providing support to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. He’s to be arraigned Friday in federal court in Brooklyn.
Court papers allege Babafemi traveled to Yemen with other members of the al-Qaida group. Authorities say he was given $8,600 to return to Nigeria and recruit English speakers to radicalize others.
Babafemi was in the custody of Nigerian officials earlier this summer when a court there granted the U.S. embassy’s request for extradition.
The al-Qaida group claims many terrorist attacks. They include the 2009 attempted bombing of a Northwest Airline flight from Amsterdam to Detroit by a Nigerian with explosives hidden in his underwear.