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Feb 14, 2010

United States gives Nigeria Conditions for Terror De-Listing

The United States has given Nigeria four conditions it should meet before it is removed from the list of terror watch list.
The minister of foreign affairs, Ojo Maduekwe, disclosed this at a meeting with the House of Representatives committee of foreign affairs in Abuja on Thursday.

The conditions, according to the minister, are public condemnation of any form of terrorism anywhere in the world; improvement of security in the nation’s airports; deployment of air marshalls on board of aircraft, and passing legislative laws on anti-terrorism.
The committee chairman, Bature Umar, who briefed journalists after the meeting held behind closed-doors, said it was convened to enable the minister brief the committee members on the alleged aborted plan by a 23 year old Nigerian, Farouk Umaru AbdulMutallab to bomb an American plane last Christmas day.

He also said that the minister was called to give the lawmakers insight into the reasons for the inclusion of Nigeria on the list by the US.

According to Mr. Bature, the minister explained the role Mr. AbdulMutallab’s father played before and after the incident and also briefed the lawmakers on the reports of the US State Department on terrorism.