US embassy cable - 01ABUJA3238

NIGERIA: SSS DG ARE ON AL QAIDA

Identifier: 01ABUJA3238
Wikileaks: View 01ABUJA3238 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-12-20 17:42:00
Classification: SECRET//NOFORN
Tags: PREL PTER ASEC NI
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S E C R E T ABUJA 003238 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
NOFORN 
 
 
DEPT FOR AF/W, AF/RA AND S/CT 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1, 1.6X5, 1.6X6 
TAGS: PREL, PTER, ASEC, NI 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: SSS DG ARE ON AL QAIDA 
 
REF: A. STATE 208320 
     B. ABUJA 2560 
     C. ABUJA 2405 
 
 
(U) Classified by Ambassador Howard F. Jeter; Reasons 1.6X1, 
1.6X5, 1.6X6. 
 
 
1. (S/NF) During a December 11 call on State Security Service 
Director General Kayode Are, Ambassador Jeter (accompanied by 
RAO and PolMilOff) thanked Are for the GON's efforts to 
combat terrorism and to ensure the safety of official and 
non-official Americans in Nigeria.  Jeter presented reftel 
points, emphasizing the need for Nigeria to be sensitive to 
the possibility that Taliban and Al Qaida members could 
conceivably seek refuge here.  Are said the SSS, in 
cooperation with other Nigerian Security Agencies, remained 
vigilant to that possibility.  Are further noted that he had 
heard a story about a Nigerian named "Agrah" who had been 
identified as fighting for the Taleban, but dismissed the 
story, saying that "Agrah" was not a Nigerian name. 
 
 
2. (S/NF) Are stated that SSS investigations had increased as 
a result of 9/11.  In reference to the visa and entry/exit 
stamps in one of the hijackers passport (also see Refs B and 
C), Are said the SSS had concluded that the individual had, 
in fact, never visited Nigeria.  The visa was fraudulent, 
there had been no entry card, and the signature on the entry 
stamp was not that of the immigration officer on duty at the 
time.  Are speculated that the false documents had been 
obtained from a Nigerian syndicate operating in Saudi Arabia. 
 
 
3. (S/NF) Are asked if there were any connection between 
Hizballah and Al Qaida?  RAO said there did not appear to be 
a direct connection (one being Shi'a; the other Sunni), but 
that cross-pollination was always a possibility. 
 
 
4. (S/NF) In response to Ambassador Jeter's question about 
media reports of Nigeria deporting six Pakistani nationals, 
Are explained that while no troubling connections had been 
found between the Pakistani proselytizers and terrorism, the 
decision was made to deport them now, but with the promise 
that they might return next year.  He explained that the 
media had blown the story out of proportion drawing a 
connection to terrorism.  The Lagos-based Muslim NGO called 
"Tabliq" organized the proselytizing trips, and had been 
doing so for years.  Are stated that he planned to meet with 
the leaders of Tabliq to discuss their operations, and that 
they should be allowed to continue if there were no illicit 
connections.  However, the SSS Director General expressed 
concern regarding the funding for the organization, which 
came through wire transfers from sources in Pakistan, India 
and Malaysia. 
Jeter 

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