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article imageFriend: MI5 tried to recruit man accused of butchering UK soldier

By Eric Morales     May 25, 2013 in World
London - A friend of Michael Adebolajo tells the BBC that MI5 tried to recruit the accused killer of Lee Rigby in December, following his interview he is arrested.
Abu Nusaybah a childhood friend of Michael Adebolajo, who brutally murdered British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in broad daylight, says that the British secret services tried to recruit the man.
"They're bugging me. They just keep- they won't leave me alone, basically." Nusaybah states according to CBS.
The friend of the 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo says the Nigerian man seen on video wielding a cleaver used to hack the 25-year-old British soldier to death, refused the requests to join the ranks of MI5.
"He mentioned that initially they wanted to ask him whether he knew certain individuals. That was the initial issue. But after him saying he didn't know these individuals and so forth, what he said was they asked him if he'd be interested in working for them," Nusaybah said.
Abu Nusaybah says that the British MI5 tried to recruit Adebolajo six months ago. The friend of the 28-year-old accused killer of Lee Rigby says that the Nigerian man went under a drastic change after suffering physical and sexual abuse in a Kenyan prison.
"Although that change wasn't necessarily one that became overt, aggressive or anything like that, he became ... less talkative. He wasn't his bubbly self," Nusaybah told the BBC.
In a strange and ironic twist after Nusaybah spoke with the BBC he too was arrested by police on terrorism charges. According to the Huffington Post London police confirmed that the 31-year-old Abu Nusaybah was arrested on suspicion that he may be involved in "the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism."
The Huffington Post also reported that MI5 is expected to deliver a report next week to parliament on what the British agency knew about Michael Adebolajo and his accomplice Michael Adebowale.
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