Nuhu Ribadu’s brother escapes from abductors

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Sani Ribadu, the kidnapped brother of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has escaped from his abductors, family sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Another of the Ribadu brothers, Arabi, told this newspaper that his brother escaped from his abductors “around 2a.m. in the bushes surrounding Girei Local Government where they kept him”.

He said Sani then trekked to a nearby village, Sangere, arriving there at about 4a.m. where he waited to observe his Fajr prayer (early morning prayer) at the Mosque there before taking public transport to his house in Yola, arriving around 6:03 a.m.

There was speculation last night that Sani, a former chairman of Yola South local government area, was freed by his abductors. But several family members, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, dismissed the report, saying his whereabouts remained unknown.

Sani, police said, was abducted by three gunmen around 6:30p.m, Sunday, in his farm along the Yola-Fufore expressway.

“The three gunmen accosted the former chairman in his farm along Yola-Fufore road and asked him, alongside 12 of his workers, to lie down,” the spokesperson of the Adamawa State Command of the Nigeria Police, Othman Abubakar, told journalists in Yola. “But four of the workers managed to flee the scene leaving Ribadu and eight workers.”

According to him, the gunmen initially bundled Mr. Ribadu into his Toyota Tundra but suddenly changed their minds. They then transferred him to a white Starlet and escaped through the route leading to Mayo Belwa Local Government.

Mr. Abubakar, a deputy superintendent of police, could not be reached Friday morning for comments on Sani’s return. He is yet to return multiple calls made to him by this newspaper.


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  • MushinSpeaks

    And yet our Chibok sisters are still n the den of the Boko Haram. Is this not a sign that President Jonathan does not hold in high esteem live of ordinary Nigerians?

  • Mr. Abdin

    Thank God Sani has gain freedom.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    The guy’s release was paid for. It was not an escape. When citizen’s are daily being ransomed in their country should prompt a call for change across board.

    • George

      Ribadu’s are liars he was never abducted before these elements called Ribadu’s are very good in stage manage things just to get attention. We never forgot how Nuhu Ribadu hit his car with hammer and said assassins tried to kill him then. They are liars family it runs in their bloods

  • Otile

    Kidnappers are very powerful in the North. Kidnapping came to 9ja when Imam Buhari captured Dr Umaru Dikko rapping him in a diplomatic suitcase. Dikko paid Great Britain hefty ransom out of 2Billion pounds he stole and he was set free. He later proceeded to register in a university in London and got himself well educated. In fact he earned a real PhD and then learned to behave himself.

    Buhari would have used part of the $3 billions PTF Fund he stole to get himself some education, but no, he prefers to sit tight in sharia North trying fruitlessly to impose himself on the Nigerian people. As the devil will have it, he will never succeed. Allah Wubade.

    • True son of the soil

      Your own is a lamentation of somebody that is about to lose a source of free food .

      • Otile

        You are not a true son of the soil. You are a Chadian Tuareg. Go back to your soil.

        • emmanuel

          True, these Arid desert squirrels think they still have their hold on Nigeria.

          Thank God for the day they laid foundation for Boko Haram.

          The patch of Land from where Israel feed so many Countries through Agriculture is not as big as Edo or Delta states, so make them continue to dey believe say we go get food shortgae, I roo.

          Russia still sells Gas to Ukraine, so nothing spoil if we still dey buy nama from dem until our Animal Husbandry takes root.

          Al Qaeda has found an inroad into Nigeria through them. They can only Foray into Yoruba land where Islam is well oiled, by which time we don reach House.

          That Nigeria is going very soon is not news, it is news when Boko Haram takes Abuja, then Buhari and Co will run to Lagos and they would pursue. Goodluck to Tinubu, fashola and Aregbesola!

    • endingNaija

      ole, who kidnapped the sister of Madam Oil-Goodluck Jonathan’s madam-Diezani Alison Madueke? Just asking>

      • emmanuel

        Buhari taught Nigeria how to Steal Government money as Federal Commissioner for Petroleum in the Ninety Seventies, he taught how to Launder Raw cash abroad, he taught how to be a tribalist when he became a fraudulent Head of State. And began kidnappingin Nigeria.

        No wonder IBB and his men became so bitter when Buhari began to hound thieves like him into jail. Being one of their own (co looter, IBB did not see anything good in him).

        Otile thank you for being a statesman for not covering Buhari’s Sins.

        • Otile

          God bless you my brother. The truth must be told. They think we don’t know.