This Day (Lagos)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Suspected Terrorist Accuses SSS of Tampering With His Statement

Mohammed Suleiman Ashafa, who was indicted by the federal government in 2003 for recruiting and taking some Nigerian youth to Niger Republic and Pakistan for training to become members of Al-Qaeda, has alleged that the statement tendered in evidence against him was doctored by the State Security Service (SSS).

Ashafa is standing trial before Justice Adamu Bello over allegations of being a member of a terrorist group and also involved in training of suspected Al Qaeda members in terrorism.

When the matter came up Wednesday, Ashafa who spoke through an interpreter, said that although the statement had his signature appended on it, the document was not his even as he expressed further misgivings over the purported statement.

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