Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: Where did he go after he left Yemen?
Saharareporters has obtained a copy of the international passport (#A-392-1640) of alleged syringe-bomber, Farouk Umar AbdulMuttalab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who is currently being held in a US prison after he was arrested on Christmas day following a failed plot to bomb Northwest flight 253 only minutes before landing in Detroit. According to the document, which was issued in Lagos on September 15 2005, Farouk was born on December 22nd 1986.
International and Nigerian investigators are still unable to unravel the whereabouts of Farouk after he left Yemen early in December 2009. Farouk later appeared in Ghana where he purchased a return ticket and later headed to Lagos.
Upon arrival in Lagos, he changed that ticket and boarded a flight to Detroit via Amsterdam. Although Nigerian authorities claimed he "sneaked into Nigeria” on Christmas Eve to board the KLM flight to Amsterdam, Saharareporters sources said Farouk had been around Lagos before and after he went to Ghana, for some reason, to purchase the ticket that he later changed in Lagos. It would appear that Nigerian security officials are covering up privileged people that may have provided material support to Umar as he prepared to depart for the US, although it is conceivable they may have helped him without knowing his mission.
A family source said Farouk was “generally around” during the celebrations marking his father's retirement from First Bank, but would not elaborate any further as Dr. Umaru Muttallab has ordered all members of the family to cease further cooperation with the media. Also, Saharareporters' efforts to contact a woman who sources described as Farouk’s sister in New York has been unsuccessful. The sister, now married, reportedly just had a baby and would not speak with us.
It is now now being reported that Yemeni officials claim Abdulmutallab left Yemen on Dec. 7 on a flight to Ethiopia and then continued on a few days later to Ghana~Egoigwe.