₦airaland Forum

Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 1,898,979 members, 3,865,862 topics. Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017 at 11:35 AM

MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo - Politics - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Politics / MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo (15187 Views)

PDP To Recruit Atiku,kwankwaso To Contest Against Buhari In 2019 / Michael Adebolajo Attacked In Jail / Micheal Adebolajo Father's House Sealed-off By Police (1) (2) (3) (4)

(0) (1) (Reply) (Go Down)

MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by BABSIN(m): 9:56am On May 26, 2013
Evidence emerged last night that one of the suspects involved in the killing of the British soldier Lee Rigby was well known to anti-terror police and the security services for at least three years before the brutal Woolwich attack. Michael Adebolajo was arrested in Kenya under suspicion of being at the centre of an al-Qa'ida-inspired plot in 2010, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

He was one of seven men arrested by Kenyan police after landing on an island off the Kenyan coast in November 2010. Local press reports of the arrests referred to Mr Adebolajo as a "Nigerian with a British passport" who was "suspected of masterminding the racket". Police claimed the men were travelling to Somalia to join the ranks of the al-Shabaab terrorist group. His family claimed he was held in detention and tortured before being deported back to Britain without charge.

After the incident, members of his family said he was "pestered" by MI5 agents pressuring him to become an informant for them and infiltrate radical Islamic extremist groups. Relatives said other family members were also harassed and questioned by the UK authorities. In an exclusive interview with The IoS, Mr Adebolajo's brother-in law claimed constant demands to get him to spy on Muslim clerics might have pushed him over the edge.

The allegation that MI5 knew of Mr Adebolajo's radical views for so long has increased the pressure on the intelligence services over their failure to recognise the scale of the threat he posed, amid the fall-out from the shocking killing of Drummer Rigby last Wednesday.

A friend of Mr Adebolajo has told the BBC that MI5 had attempted to recruit the suspected killer six months ago. It was also reported last night that Michael Adebowale, who was arrested alongside Mr Adebolajo following the soldier's killing, had been detained by police two months ago.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who leads the body that oversees the work of the intelligence services, said the organisations had "serious questions to answer". The MI5 chief, Andrew Parker, will provide a written report on the incident this week, before he is called before the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC).

But Sir Malcolm, who is chairman of the ISC, pledged that the committee would also use new powers to force intelligence agencies to hand over all confidential documents relating to the case.

Abu Zuybyr, who is married to Mr Adebolajo's sister, Christiana, said last night that his brother-in-law had recently been "elated" following the birth of his child. But added: "Then things became a little strange."

Speaking from a café in the shadow of a mosque in an east Lancashire town, just before midday prayers, Mr Zuybyr said: "Why did he suddenly flip?" As family members struggled for explanations for Mr Adebolajo's actions, they speculated that pressure from the security services to turn informer may have pushed him to act.

"That is what the [Mr Adebolajo's] family is saying; that the secret service pushed him over the edge," his brother-in-law claimed.

They insisted that Mr Adebolajo's character changed markedly in 2010, after a visit to Kenya – where, they say, he had gone to study Arabic and Islam with imams in mosques in Nairobi.

But an investigation by The IoS has revealed that Mr Adebolajo – officially described as "Mr Michael Olemindis Ndemolajo" – was one of seven youths arrested by Kenyan police on suspicion of trying to join the ranks of the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia.

The young men had gone on a speedboat from Lamu island to Kizingitini, Pate island, where they were arrested by police who were waiting for them after a tip off. The group he was travelling with, which included two secondary-school boys, had been radicalised during weekly visits to a mosque in Mombasa, according to police sources.

They were thrown in jail and "the suspect from Nigeria" accused police of torturing him, according to local reports.

"We are being tortured by the police and we haven't eaten for two days now," he was quoted as saying. "We have been denied the right to talk to our family members and lawyer. We are being treated as criminals and we are innocent."

Kenyan media stated: "The Nigerian, Mr Michael Olemindis Ndemolajo, is said to have travelled from the UK to join the group."

He was kept in jail for several days before being deported back to Britain, "after it was established that his travelling documents were genuine and that he lacked a criminal record", according to The Nation newspaper. Mr Adebolajo's family said he had been told he would be hanged or beheaded, but after he had appeared in court he was freed to return to Britain. Relatives said they believed the release came after they had alerted local MPs and the Foreign Office. The decision has raised questions over official involvement in Mr Adebolajo's release – and the true extent of his connections with the intelligence services since he returned home to the UK.

Mr Zuybyr claimed his brother-in-law had been tortured violently, threatened with rape and his private parts had been grabbed.

Mr Zuybyr also alleged that, when Mr Adebolajo returned to Britain, he had been pestered by MI5 about informing for them. He added that other members of the family had been quizzed about Mr Adebolajo in an effort to put pressure on him.

Mr Adebolajo's elder brother, Jeremiah, had gone to Saudi Arabia to teach English, but had been arrested and harassed by the authorities about his brother. And Mr Zuybyr himself said that when he went to Yemen four years ago to learn Arabic with his new wife, he was rounded up and questioned at gunpoint.

He added: "When I came back to Britain, MI5 contacted me and showed significant interest in Michael. I was harassed for a while, with constant calls from people claiming to be from the FBI." Mr Zuybyr and his wife left their family in London and moved to east Lancashire, but he said MI5 had still tracked him down and questioned him about his brother-in-law.

Sir Malcolm made it clear last night that MI5 would be closely questioned about any suggestion that it had been in contact with the two men arrested in connection with Drummer Rigby's death.

He said: "I have been following all the news items and you can certainly assume that any of these serious allegations will be put to the intelligence agencies."

Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan and a past chairman of the Government's Cobra intelligence committee, conceded that MI5 and the police could possibly have done more to prevent the shocking murder.

But, he added: "It would have required probably significant additional resources, so that they can increase the number of suspects they monitor. Even though these two were on their radar, they have to prioritise who they look at, because surveillance, monitoring and communications is all very expensive. And maybe they need more resources to do that if it is necessary to widen the net, which I think probably it is."

EDL marches in Newcastle

An estimated 2,000 English Defence League supporters paraded through Newcastle upon Tyne city centre yesterday as right-wing groups appeared to be gaining followers in the wake of Drummer Lee Rigby's death. Two weeks ago it was thought about 500 would attend.

Yesterday's demonstration, which was met by around 400 anti-fascist protestors, passed without major incident after 1,000 officers lined the streets, Northumbria Police said, adding that there were "a number" of arrests for drunkenness, or to prevent public order offences. The BNP (British National Party) has said it will march on Saturday in Woolwich, where the soldier lost his life last week.

The young father's killing provoked a backlash across the country, with many reported incidents of mosques being attacked and racial abuse.

Paul Cahalan

SOURCE;
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/ios-exclusive-mi5-tried-to-recruit-woolwich-attack-suspect-michael-adebolajo-8632398.html?fb_action_ids=10151942451004428&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151942451004428%22%3A658780514138026%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151942451004428%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Skywalker5(m): 11:43am On May 26, 2013
its not unheard off. They were looking for a snitch
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by samuel900(m): 11:44am On May 26, 2013
God....
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by sakaguchi(m): 11:46am On May 26, 2013
Oya na! Source?
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by logica(m): 11:49am On May 26, 2013
Sky-walker:
its not unheard off. They were looking for a snitch
Abi o
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by dare2think: 11:50am On May 26, 2013
What do you expect? How else will you effectively fight terrorism without resorting in counter-intelligence tactics.

You expect them to consult a Christian or an Hindu to get information about Islamic terrorism.

1 Like

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by momodub: 11:51am On May 26, 2013
na waa ooo
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by saintneo(m): 11:55am On May 26, 2013
I am not an advocate of terrorism nor terrorists; however, there is always a reason to fight and most fighters choose to become Muslims because Islam encourages one to fight back especially where there is injustice. Nevertheless, this encouragement to fight back can be abused!

http://www.nairaland.com/1300855/violence-derivative-ideology-religion-another#15875353
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Nobody: 11:59am On May 26, 2013
damn!

with the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, is anyone thinking what I'm thinking?

this one na easy access to get job oh!


with this one sef I go just skip this unemployment line wey I stand as my turn no gree reach.




***BTW, make una put this post for job/vacancy section!
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by mrofficial(m): 12:04pm On May 26, 2013
FACE

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Nobody: 12:05pm On May 26, 2013
i pity the young man. What a wasted life and a waste of potentials.
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by dabigwalls: 12:05pm On May 26, 2013
Nothing justifies the gruesome, violent murder of an innocent man. Someone is alive, the other dead. The dead no matter the convictions slammed on this killer, remains, dead.

1 Like

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Bluetooth2: 12:10pm On May 26, 2013
A good look at the way the killing happened exactly when there is serious deliberations on the use of drones in the fight against terrorism especially involving citizens of the united states and allied states showed that something is definitely wrong with the whole covert operation.I refused to be fooled by whoever sold this crap to the world.
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by ITbomb(m): 12:12pm On May 26, 2013
Let them just quit mentioning Nigeria .
That boy is a British raised lunatic

10 Likes

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by valdubem(m): 12:17pm On May 26, 2013
mr.official:
FACE

Oԁе grin grin
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by tyson55(m): 12:20pm On May 26, 2013
This what a serious intelligence unit should do, infiltrate the radical islamist terror group ( cell )to know the modus-operandi.

Most of the foreign intelligence unit operate this way and that is why they have scored significant level of success against terrorist organization such as Al-Qaida.
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by abdulkayus(m): 12:21pm On May 26, 2013
D MI5 has hand in all dis menace. There are dots to be connected. D more u look, d less u c. MI5 knows abt all dis, always tryin to put islam in bad light. D murder is unjustifiable bt there is a lot of conspiracy behind it
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by fittty(m): 12:28pm On May 26, 2013
The biggest problem with religion is that,for the most part,it teaches that the world is a bad place and that there is a better hereafter, which is ironic,cause the world would probably be a better place without religion
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Nobody: 12:33pm On May 26, 2013
saintneo: I am not an advocate of terrorism nor terrorists; however, there is always a reason to fight and most fighters choose to become Muslims because Islam encourages one to fight back especially where there is injustice. Nevertheless, this encouragement to fight back can be abused!

http://www.nairaland.com/1300855/violence-derivative-ideology-religion-another#15875353
I totally agree with you, there are a lot of people who have got problems with the system and how society has lost values. All you see around you is sex, rape, bullies, injustice, murder and so on (thanks to the media) . Most of them actually embrace Islam (innocently) as a to remain sane only for them to fall in the hands of extremist looking for recruits to do their evil.

4 Likes

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by akorlade(m): 12:34pm On May 26, 2013
The family of adebolajo is badt. Sister married to abu zubyr, brother jerry a teacher in saudi. Perfect for racial and religious profiling.

3 Likes

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by tintingz(m): 12:35pm On May 26, 2013
The secret is unfolding... Everything was planned by the british agency...just like femi fani-kayode said about the whole crime scene

1 Like

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Nobody: 12:36pm On May 26, 2013
~Bluetooth:

A good look at the way the killing happened exactly when there is serious deliberations on the use of drones in the fight against terrorism showed that something is definitely wrong with the whole covert operation.I refused to be fooled by whoever sold this crap to the world.

This is usually the problem with folks who obstinately refuse to engage with reason.
You raised 14 conjectural points - disguised as questions - on this thread and got a reasonable explanation. But rather than standing to defend your earlier view, you conveniently fade into the background for another opportunity to rehash the same phantasm. undecided

1 Like

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by mrofficial(m): 12:39pm On May 26, 2013
val_dubem:

Oԁе grin grin

I don't understand his pose in that picture. He looks like an Imbechi-le. grin
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Nobody: 12:40pm On May 26, 2013
Please peeps....its high time we devoted more time to our family members....this dude lacks a father figure hence the reason he derailed
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by dare2think: 12:42pm On May 26, 2013
tintingz: The secret is unfolding... Everything was planned by the british agency...just like femi fani-kayode said about the whole crime scene

Ok. Nothing to do with Islamic fundamentalism or religious fanaticism.

When did fani become an expert in crime scene techniques? What has he contributed to Nigeria's forensic dept?
Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by SLIDEwaxie(m): 12:51pm On May 26, 2013
The guy is a Nigerian with a british passport!
U dnt jes get dt kind of a passport if u aint a briton. So, stop ds Nigerian of a thing!

1 Like

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by Bluetooth2: 12:54pm On May 26, 2013
dare2think:

Ok. Nothing to do with Islamic fundamentalism or religious fanaticism.

When did fani become an expert in crime scene techniques? What has he contributed to Nigeria's forensic dept?

They knew he was a potential terrorist yet they didn't ship him to gitmo but tried to recruit him as an agent.Was that why the police didn't arrive till 30 mins after the crime ?

4 Likes

Re: MI5 'Tried To Recruit' Michael Adebolajo by dotcomnamename: 12:56pm On May 26, 2013
mr.official:
FACE

[size=14pt]Either the Woolwich attackers are Nigerians or not, Muslim or Christian, the point is- Prevention is better than cure, in the sense that you should bring up a child in the way he should go and when he grow up he will depart from it.

As a strong Christian/Muslim, the way he should go is d way of d Lord which is what the attacker parents should have done wen they were small and they would have be a passionate Christian/Muslim.

Teach your children the way of the lord every day and night, simple.[/size]

(0) (1) (Reply)

Boko Haram Terrorists Now Trapped In Sambisa Forest – Military / US To Host Northern Nigerian Governors In Washington / INEC Director To Face Prosecution For N16 Million Scam (photos)

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2017 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 151
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.