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THE INSIDER: Is this the Sudanese university radicalising Nigerian militants?

THE INSIDER: Is this the Sudanese university radicalising Nigerian militants?
May 23
14:20 2014

Security agencies are getting worried about the possible role of Sudanese universities in the radicalisation of Nigerians linked to Boko Haram.

The most recent example is that of Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, who allegedly masterminded the April 14 Nyanya bombing which claimed 75 lives.

Ogwuche studied Arabic at Sudan’s International University of Africa, which has also trained over 1,000 Nigerians in the last 10 years.

“Increasingly, many Nigerians are travelling to Sudan for education ─ some of them sponsored by northern state governments. There is a serious cause for worry,” a top security chief told TheCable.


The official said there is yet no “concrete evidence” linking radicalism with the universities “but there are high possibilities that they are serving as recruitment points for al-Qaeda agents”.

A case in point is that of “Mujahid Abu Nasir”, believed to be the pseudonym of a top commander of al-Qaeda-linked Ansaru ─ a Nigerian militant group that broke away from Boko Haram but still works closely with the Abubakar Shekau-led insurgents.

Nasir  told an American newspaper last year that he also attended the university in Khartoum where he ─ like Ogwuche ─ studied Arabic.


In a very revealing interview, Nasir said he first attended an Islamic college in Kano, and then “for the zeal of seeking knowledge”, he went to Khartoum, Sudan, where “al-Qaeda propagators initiated me into the clique”.

He said the recruiters took him to the southern deserts of Algeria and then to Mauritania for a “rigorous training course” by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

AQIM has been linked to terror activities in Nigeria and Somalia.

Nasir said he trained directly under Abu Zeid, a key commander of AQIM who was eventually killed by French forces in northern Mali last year.


He said although five of them left Sudan for the AQIM training, two died in the process because of the rigour involved.

Nasir returned to Nigeria in 2008, spent some time “underground” in Lagos before launching out with the militants who say they want to impose Islamic law on Nigeria.

He also said there are thousands like him in Nigeria, some of whom he said were working in government, “some businessmen, some teachers”.

The International University of Africa was founded as the Islamic African Centre in 1977 but was upgraded to a university in 1992.


It has six faculties: Sharia, engineering, medicine, education, economics and political science, and arts.

It  is owned by the government of Sudan, a country once classified by the US as a sponsor of international terrorism.


Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, was resident in the country for five years in the 1990s. He set up construction and trading companies there, and built bridges and roads all over the country.

But the attraction of Sudan is not mainly religious ─ according to a father whose son is also studying in that country.


“They have a stable education system. There are no strikes, the campuses are conducive to learning, and the fees are far cheaper than what Nigerian, European or American universities are charging,” he told TheCable. “And their standards are quite high.”

The annual tuition fee is $400 for economics and political science, and sharia; $500 for education and arts; $2500 for engineering; and $5000 for medicine.



  1. Sen
    Sen May 23, 09:28

    You also forgot to add that the suspended CBN who is alleged to be BH sponsors also attended the University

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    • I man
      I man May 23, 13:54

      I wonder why this newspaper conveniently forgot this inconvenient truth about Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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      • JoeBoy
        JoeBoy May 23, 15:02

        Political correctness of Simon Kolawole. A leopard cannot change its spots. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi came back from that university to instigate the decapitation of Igbo businessman Gideon Akaluka and was subsequently sentenced to death by Sanni Abacha. He was reprieved at the insistence of Mutallab, the father of the underwear bomber. We need to get rid of these Sahelian parasites for Nigeria to make any progress. Hope you have the balls to publish this post.

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    • omo calabar
      omo calabar May 23, 18:06

      It is a lie
      Stop spreading false stories

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    • Dan Abiola
      Dan Abiola May 23, 18:12

      Mutallab also attended University College London, UK. They should investigate that university and other UK schools too. They may be radicalising our students. Of course, our universities are good at taming them. So, let’s ask all Nigerian students to come back home from foreign countries, even USA.

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  2. The cat
    The cat May 23, 09:37

    Very interesting indeed to discover that Sudan is a breeding ground for this killers nigeria should join hands with Sudan to ban the issuance of visa to Sudan by young men

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  3. Adoki
    Adoki May 23, 17:02

    Well, I’d say there is also a hidden but very significant lesson here – The collapse of Nigeria’s education system is exposing Nigerian youths to all kinds of hazards. They are either victims of hate crimes abroad or are graduating into perpetrators of this crimes back home.

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  4. Dan Abiola
    Dan Abiola May 23, 18:10

    Nigeria should also investigate if UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON is radicalising Nigerian students. We should not forget that Mutallab, the underwear bomber was a student there when he tried to bomb a Detroit plane.

    Please investigate UCL and other UK universities. Many of our students have been going there.

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    • Baron Roy
      Baron Roy May 28, 13:55

      Dan, these issues are very serious and you seem to trivialize them? These do not appear like coincidences especially when taken together with Ambassador Bola Dada’s interview and the anti cents of the government in Khartoum! Think again!!!

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  5. Parrot
    Parrot May 23, 20:55

    The late Ojukwu who was Nigeria’s fiat terrorist also studied in Sudan,

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  6. Parrot
    Parrot May 23, 20:58

    Did the late Ikemba Ojukwu who was Nigeria’s first leader of a terror group also attended the Sudanese university, or his siblings like Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Ateke Tom and Osisi Kankwu

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