Iran denies organizing a spy cell in Nigeria

Iran denied on Friday Nigerian allegations that it had trained militants arrested in Nigeria on charges of planning attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets there.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said such allegations were “made up as the result of the ill will of the enemies of the two countries’ good relations”, Iranian state television reported.

“Iran and Nigeria have friendly and close relations and despite the vast efforts of the two countries’ enemies in recent years relations and cooperations have always improved,” he said.

Nigeria’s secret service said on Thursday it had arrested Abdullahi Mustapha Berende and two other Nigerians in December after Berende made several suspicious trips to Iran, where he interacted with Iranians in a “high-profile terrorist network”.

It said Berende and his Iranian handlers were involved in “grievous crimes” against Nigeria’s national security.

Berende, who will now be charged in court, told reporters at the Nigerian secret service’s headquarters on Wednesday that he had carried out surveillance for the Iranians.

In 2004, Israeli sources said an Iranian diplomat was arrested on suspicion of spying on the Israeli embassy in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Tehran denied any arrest.

In 2010, authorities at a Lagos port found a hidden shipment of rockets, rifle rounds and other weapons from Iran, supposedly bound for Gambia. A Nigerian and an Iranian face criminal charges over the shipment.

Iran accuses Israeli and Western agents of sabotaging its disputed nuclear program and assassinating several of its scientists. Tehran has resisted Western pressure to curb its uranium enrichment activities, but is due to hold more talks on the issue with major powers in Kazakhstan on February 26.

Nigeria’s 160 million people are split roughly equally between a mostly Muslim north and a largely Christian south.

Islamist groups in the north have become the biggest threat to stability in Africa’s top oil producer. Western governments are increasingly concerned they are linking up with militants outside Nigeria, including al Qaeda’s north African wing.

Reuters

  • 5thDrawer

    Ok Supreme. We’ll believe that … if you tell us WHICH other countries you have spy cells in.
    But what the hell … let’s just assume all.

    • dateam

      5th don’t be naive …are we to believe that the iranians ( shiites) are training the salafi rebels in nigeria? its funny how the saudis are never blamed for anything when its a known fact that they being salafis hyave always been funding the same peoploe that have been blowing up churches and attacking the christians….don’t believe the hype

      • wargame1

        Its easy to point finger on fantom Al-Qaeda after detonating the bomb. Thats call false flag operation. Iran have been doing it for a long time but its going to backfire on them.

        • dateam

          i dont understand your point? who are you saying created phantom alqaeda? i mean look at history who created and funded alqaeda initially? since alqaeda has been created more muslims and christians have died than any other religions havent they?

          • 5thDrawer

            Yup … another ‘error’ on the part of the great purveyor of ‘freedom’ … they make a few, even if they have good intensions. But that was at a time when they understood NOTHING about Islam, and MUCH about Communism. ;-)

      • 5thDrawer

        Dateam … I was simply going by the headline. ALL the power-trippers spy. EVERYONE spies on everyone else. People spy for everything from soup recipes to the latest techie gadgets. Spying is the way that YouTube and Google live. I’m sure they’d like to spy on me and my internet chats and sites I spy into. It’s become such a normal thing to do that children are convinced they should put all their private lives out for the spies to see, just to make it easy. Spy away, say the Wikileakers – their theory being that when we have no privacy at all and everyone knows everything about everyone else we will be sickeningly homogenous humans. :-)
        The Super-Dudes, of course, spy to get information on how to effectively kill other people so they can become Supreme Super-Dudes. Ultimate power-trippers love the games.
        Now … as for ‘training’ people in how to think NOT for themselves … you first need to find the least educated slogs of deprived societies and ‘adjust’ their low levels of thought to believe what they do is ‘good’ – for something … maybe at least spying. Makes them feel useful, and a ‘part’ of something. Psychology 101. Creating whole societies unable to think for themselves, and adding some paranoia, just makes the tasks of domination much easier for the ‘Tops’ when they want to stick a gun in a controlled hand.
        I’m not taking any ‘sides’ in that concept. It’s become simply part of human endeavour.

        It is also something about choices.
        “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”, said Aristotle. Several Years later Bertrand Russell said almost the same thing … “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.” My point being that the ‘form’ of the education can make quite a difference in the minds of the basic two types of humans – those who wish to control, and those who have absolutely no desire to do so.

        • IraniAngel

          5th, we will never waste our time spying on you, you are not that important to us ;)

          • 5thDrawer

            Hehehe … just as well … the body isn’t what it used to be. ;-)

    • Patience2

      The Iranians have become superb liars — surprising, for an otherwise second(or third) rate country!

      • dateam

        do you think they are given more credit than they deserve just to serve an agenda? i mean do you really think they are that good?

      • dateam

        further and i believe its an interesting point that for some reason does not get any mention? look at the wave of so called alqaeda attacks around the world over the past few years? sectarian attacks around the world over the past few years and currently to this day…look at the ersal incident in lebanon recently and yet nothing major is said or happens? look at how all of a sudden mubarak after 30 years became no good to the west yet he was good for 30 years before that…include saddam hussein, ghadaffi etc YET the muslim brotherhood has now all of a sudden gained power? yet the salfais and brotherhood cant stand each other…where is all this coming from? who is supporting it and why? the americans finally acknowledged the syrian opposition yet al nusra has been blacklisted by the americans? france invades mali to clear out the salfis yet in syria they support them?look away from the main stream media for a moment and analyze the data….there have been more attacks against shia and christians around the world than jews and salfis hasnt there? iraq christians and shia attacked to the point where probably 90% of christians have fled, nigeria where christians have been attacked constantly, in egypt now christians being attacked? pakistan where shias are now being attacked? theres more than meets the eye if you dig deep enough????

    • dateam

      Islamist groups in the north have become the biggest threat to stability in Africa’s top oil producer. Western governments are increasingly concerned they are linking up with militants outside Nigeria, including al Qaeda’s north African wing.

      • 5thDrawer

        200,000 or so dead in Algeria ….

  • 5thDrawer

    Ok. We’ll believe that … if you tell us WHICH other countries you have spy cells in.

    • dateam

      5th don’t be naive …are we to believe that the iranians ( shiites) are training the salafi rebels in nigeria? its funny how the saudis are never blamed for anything when its a known fact that they being salafis hyave always been funding the same peoploe that have been blowing up churches and attacking the christians….don’t believe the hype

      • wargame1

        Its easy to point finger on fantom Al-Qaeda after detonating the bomb. Thats call false flag operation. Iran have been doing it for a long time but its going to backfire on them.

        • dateam

          i dont understand your point? who are you saying created phantom alqaeda? i mean look at history who created and funded alqaeda initially? since alqaeda has been created more muslims and christians have died than any other religions havent they?

          • 5thDrawer

            Yup … another ‘error’ on the part of the great purveyor of ‘freedom’ … they make a few, even if they have good intensions. But that was at a time when they understood NOTHING about Islam, and MUCH about Communism. ;-)

      • 5thDrawer

        Dateam … I was simply going by the headline. ALL the power-trippers spy. EVERYONE spies on everyone else. People spy for everything from soup recipes to the latest techie gadgets. Spying is the way that YouTube and Google live. I’m sure they’d like to spy on me and my internet chats and sites I spy into. It’s become such a normal thing to do that children are convinced they should put all their private lives out for the spies to see, just to make it easy. Spy away, say the Wikileakers – their theory being that when we have no privacy at all and everyone knows everything about everyone else we will be sickeningly homogenous humans. :-)
        The Super-Dudes, of course, spy to get information on how to effectively kill other people so they can become Supreme Super-Dudes. Ultimate power-trippers love the games.
        Now … as for ‘training’ people in how to think NOT for themselves … you first need to find the least educated slogs of deprived societies and ‘adjust’ their low levels of thought to believe what they do is ‘good’ – for something … maybe at least spying. Makes them feel useful, and a ‘part’ of something. Psychology 101. Creating whole societies unable to think for themselves, and adding some paranoia, just makes the tasks of domination much easier for the ‘Tops’ when they want to stick a gun in a controlled hand.
        I’m not taking any ‘sides’ in that concept. It’s become simply part of human endeavour.

        It is also something about choices.
        “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”, said Aristotle. Several Years later Bertrand Russell said almost the same thing … “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.” My point being that the ‘form’ of the education can make quite a difference in the minds of the basic two types of humans – those who wish to control, and those who have absolutely no desire to do so.

        • IraniAngel

          5th, we will never waste our time spying on you, you are not that important to us ;)

          • 5thDrawer

            Hehehe … just as well … the body isn’t what it used to be. ;-)

    • Patience2

      The Iranians have become superb liars — surprising, for an otherwise second(or third) rate country!

      • dateam

        do you think they are given more credit than they deserve just to serve an agenda? i mean do you really think they are that good?

      • dateam

        further and i believe its an interesting point that for some reason does not get any mention? look at the wave of so called alqaeda attacks around the world over the past few years? sectarian attacks around the world over the past few years and currently to this day…look at the ersal incident in lebanon recently and yet nothing major is said or happens? look at how all of a sudden mubarak after 30 years became no good to the west yet he was good for 30 years before that…include saddam hussein, ghadaffi etc YET the muslim brotherhood has now all of a sudden gained power? yet the salfais and brotherhood cant stand each other…where is all this coming from? who is supporting it and why? the americans finally acknowledged the syrian opposition yet al nusra has been blacklisted by the americans? france invades mali to clear out the salfis yet in syria they support them?look away from the main stream media for a moment and analyze the data….there have been more attacks against shia and christians around the world than jews and salfis hasnt there? iraq christians and shia attacked to the point where probably 90% of christians have fled, nigeria where christians have been attacked constantly, in egypt now christians being attacked? pakistan where shias are now being attacked? theres more than meets the eye if you dig deep enough????

    • dateam

      Islamist groups in the north have become the biggest threat to stability in Africa’s top oil producer. Western governments are increasingly concerned they are linking up with militants outside Nigeria, including al Qaeda’s north African wing.

      • 5thDrawer

        200,000 or so dead in Algeria ….

  • Rasaki Idowu

    Before is too late let separate so that each eathnics can developed way to protect their peope against iIslamic terrorist of Boko Harah or ofany kind,iam crying for the Yoruba to quickly revote now and demand for separation of our ethnic before our children were currupted to terrorist by those group that have lost their Ablack human value for Arabisied, that would at end destroy them and expand to their land.
    Arabisied have no love for black race, they only making used of black fidelity in Islam to destroy our brotherhood unit as a means to penetrate our world and anext our home, at end kill both black muslism and non muslim, to end numbers and leave few blacks for remembering, just the way they did in north Africa and middle east and about to do the same in Mali,Boko Haram of Nigeria ask yourself question why the Arabisied sack the black terrorist after taking the north of Mali, because their mission is to used the black and dumped them,
    Black African colaborating with Arabs to terrorist our black African land, becarefull your ancestor at end regreted these act you are you continue today because they come to see that the jihad they fouth for was in the favour of the Arabisied, because when they come to see Arabisied sacking them out of their land like mouritania Arabic saudi and others,ancient toritories only they are not around today to tell you stop is a wrong ideal you are following, change your way black Muslim and make your islamic ideology protect black race and respect their govrerning will.

  • Rasaki Idowu

    Before is too late let separate so that each eathnics can developed way to protect their peope against iIslamic terrorist of Boko Harah or ofany kind,iam crying for the Yoruba to quickly revote now and demand for separation of our ethnic before our children were currupted to terrorist by those group that have lost their Ablack human value for Arabisied, that would at end destroy them and expand to their land.
    Arabisied have no love for black race, they only making used of black fidelity in Islam to destroy our brotherhood unit as a means to penetrate our world and anext our home, at end kill both black muslism and non muslim, to end numbers and leave few blacks for remembering, just the way they did in north Africa and middle east and about to do the same in Mali,Boko Haram of Nigeria ask yourself question why the Arabisied sack the black terrorist after taking the north of Mali, because their mission is to used the black and dumped them,
    Black African colaborating with Arabs to terrorist our black African land, becarefull your ancestor at end regreted these act you are you continue today because they come to see that the jihad they fouth for was in the favour of the Arabisied, because when they come to see Arabisied sacking them out of their land like mouritania Arabic saudi and others,ancient toritories only they are not around today to tell you stop is a wrong ideal you are following, change your way black Muslim and make your islamic ideology protect black race and respect their govrerning will.