Nigeria offers US images of bomber at Lagos airport: Minister

Last Updated: Friday, January 8, 2010 - 10:11

Abuja: Nigeria on Thursday offered to provide US investigators images of the suspected US plane bomber going through security checks at Lagos airport on December 24.
Justice Minister Michael Aondoaaka told reporters that the images would prove that security staff had done their job.

"We have visual information...(that shows) our security agents did what they were supposed to do," the minister told journalists.

Nigeria`s government has demanded it be removed from a US terror watchlist of 14 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, introduced this week after a security review ordered by President Barack Obama.

Aondoaaka said Nigeria would not allow "such a single incident to rupture the relationship and I am very hopeful that with facts and what we are placing before the US government, they will rescind their decision."

"Nigeria is not a terrorist country. Nigeria will not, cannot be on the list of countries of interest because we have a track record as a peacekeeper," added the minister.

"We have nothing to hide," Aondoaaka said. "The young man came in, he was screened and it is there on the visual information," he said, pledging Abuja`s full cooperation with US investigators.

"He removed his shoes. He first came, he walked to the right, tried to go to the right screening machine, then suddenly changed his mind and turned to the left, removed his shoes and entered. It is there," the minister said.


First Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 - 10:11

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