An Iran trained Nigerian terrorist, Abdullahi Mustapha Berende, was on Wednesday paraded by the Department of State Security Service for allegedly planning to kill former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.
Berende, from Ilorin, Kwara State, 50, was described as the local leader of Shiite Sect was also accused of espionage and plan to attack Israeli intelligence facility in Lagos State.
Addressing newsmen, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the DSS, Marylin Ogar, said Berende and two others, Olayinka Saka and Saheed Aderemi Adewumi, had made confessional statements to the service.
Berende told newsmen that he was in Iran on a six-month course in Modern Shi’a Islamic Teaching (Da’awa) at Imam Khomeni University, in 2006, adding that it was in 2011 when he returned for further studies that he got recruited by some Iranian elements.
He also confessed to being trained on the use of AK 47 assault rifle, pistols, production and detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices.
According to him, his mandate included providing specific details on targets like USAID, Max, Zim international Shipping Company, A.A Consulting, Peace Corps and the Jewish Cultural Centre (Chabad) in Lagos State.
Berende said he also got was mandate to establish a terrorist cell in the South Western part of Nigeria with particular emphasis on Lagos, adding that he recruited Saka and Adewumi as part of the network.
Lagos, he disclosed, was chosen as point of launch of the attack because his handlers believed that the Israelis have an intelligence facility there that is being used to spy on Iran.
Asked why he targeted Babangida and Dasuki, he said he was asked to provide names of prominent Nigerians who, if attacked, could unsettle the West.
The terrorist said his lieutenants had successfully conducted surveillance and gathered relevant data on all their targets, IBB and Dasuki inclusive, for possible attack.
Speaking on the sources of funding, Berende admitted receiving $4,000 upon completion of his training, €3,500 in April 2012 at the meeting in Dubai and another $20,000, out of which he was to use $10,000 to relocate to Lagos, complete his house and rent a shop as a cover up.
He however said he regretted his action and pleaded for mercy.
The three suspects, Ogar said, will soon be charged to court.