BY HUGO ODIOGOR
LAGOS – Security experts have called on the Federal Government to maintain extra security watch on foreign missions, churches and public buildings for possible terrorist attacks as the jury selection in the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is expected today.
Abdulmutallab, 24, is charged with eight felonies, including conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, attempted murder and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He faces life inprisonment if convicted on the botched suicide bombing.
The Nigerian-born bomber was defiant as he appeared in court, calling America a “cancer”, which is the belief of radical Islamic groups who see the super power as the cause of the world problem. The selection of 12 jurors is expected to be made public today.
Security sources, however, told Vanguard that the security agencies must brace up for Mutallab’s admirers who may want to hit back at United States and its interest.
They said: “We anticipate a reaction from admirers of Abdulmutallab”who is accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on December 25, 2009. The trial, which is taking place under high security inside the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in downtown Detroit, is expected to last a month.