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Iranian-Sponsored Terrorists Planned To Kill IBB, Sultan, Says SSS

The Nigerian State Security Service, SSS, has arrested a network of Iranian sponsored terrorists led by one Abdullahi Mustapha Berende, who were planning to kill former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida and the present Sultan of Sokoto.

Though other members of the spy ring are at large, the SSS however captured some of Berende's accomplices including Olayinka Saka and Saheed Aderemi Adewumi.

It is not clear what the objectives of the group was but it is suspected that their mission was to spark off a civil war in Nigeria as part of a proxy battle against the West.

It would be recalled that in 2011 an Iranian cache of arms was intercepted at Nigeria's Tin Can Island port and when attempts were made to arrest the Iranian behind the importation of the arms he fled to the Iranian embassy in Abuja from where he was later arrested after the intervention of Nigeria's foreign affairs minister.

Iran also practices Shia Islam as against the Wahabbi and Sunni variety practiced in Nigeria and is known for wanting to promote its brand of Islam beyond its borders.