London terror suspect had been detained in Kenya
An alleged friend of the suspect Abu Nusaybah told the BBC that Mr Adebolajo was last year arrested by Kenyan forces where he was physically assaulted and sexually abused.
In an interview with the BBC, Abu Nusaybah said he thought “a change” had taken place in his friend after his detention by security forces on a trip to Kenya last year.
“Mr Adebolajo suggested he had been physically and sexually abused during an interrogation in a prison cell in the African country,” the BBCreported.
Reports said Adebolajo had attempted to travel to Somalia to fight alongside Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents but had been turned back and had his passport confiscated.
Abu Nusaybah was arrested at the BBC after telling the broadcaster that British security services had tried to recruit the murder suspect.
Britain’s intelligence services were under pressure Saturday to explain their knowledge of two Islamists suspected of hacking a soldier to death in London, amid claims they had tried to recruit one of them.
Michael Adebolajo, and Michael Adebowale, 22 — who remained under armed guard in hospital after being shot by police at the scene — were known to the intelligence services but were reportedly assessed as not posing a deadly threat.
Abu Nusaybah told BBC television on Friday that Adebolajo was asked by the MI5 domestic intelligence agency if he knew certain individuals and later if he wanted to work for them.
He said Adebolajo had snubbed their approach.
The BBC said Abu Nusaybah was promptly arrested on their premises after giving the interview.
It is understood the arrest was not directly linked to the brutal murder of soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in broad daylight Wednesday outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.
Rigby’s distraught wife said the family found it hard to accept that the 25-year-old had been killed not in a war zone but on the streets of his own country.
A huge pile of floral tributes was building up outside the barracks.
More details emerged about Adebolajo, who was born to devout Nigerian Christians but converted to Islam a decade ago and had attended meetings of the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun, which is now banned in Britain.