SAN FRANCISCO, March 03, (THEWILL) – A son of a retired Supreme Court Justice and former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais (GCON), 79, has allegedly joined the notorious Islamic terrorist group fighting in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to sources with knowledge of the development.
The sources familiar with the intelligence report presently being reviewed by intelligence chiefs told THEWILL that the man (name withheld) left Nigeria a few days back for Syria, with his two wives and children to fight alongside ISIS, which presently controls large territories in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
THEWILL gathered that the intelligence report came from Saudi Arabia, one of the over 50 countries alongside the United Nations that has designated ISIS as a terrorist organization.
This is the second time a member of a Nigerian elitist family will be linked to a foreign terrorist group. The notorious underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a member of al-Qaeda, who is presently serving a life sentence without parole in the United States, is the youngest son of Katsina born Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, a very wealthy Nigerian banker and businessman, who had also served as a federal Minister in the 70s.
Sources said Kaduna born Justice Uwais (GCON), who was CJN from 1995 -2006 and upon retirement served as Chairman of the committee that reviewed Nigeria’s electoral laws in 2007, has been told about the development.
The Nigerian military and its West African allies are presently preoccupied with defeating the Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group responsible for thousands of brutal killings and deadly bombings in northern Nigeria and border towns in Cameroun and Chad.