Furor Over Ribadu’s N250 Million Abuja Residence

The removal of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as chairman of Nigeria’s anti corruption agency, Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC), is getting messier by the day as those opposed to him continue to churn out allegations of misconduct and financial impropriety against him.

Now the battle against Ribadu has shifted to the purchase of his private residence said to be valued at two hundred and fifty million naira (N250m). The house located at Aso Drive in the upscale area of Abuja right in the same neighborhood with the Presidential Villa was the official residence of former Inspector General of Police Mr. Sunday Ehindero. Ehindero used the house when he was still a Deputy Inspector General of police.

According a petition before the Presidency, though Ribadu bought the house and uses it as his private residence, it was purchase through his father in law Professor Iya Abubakar. The Presidency source insists that the potential for damage to government’s anticorruption drive and the need to prevent same also contributed to Ribadu’s removal as head of the agency.

Another source at the Presidency told The Times of Nigeria that there are many forces that worked against Ribadu because of the way he carried out his responsibilities during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“The way he disrespected former Vice President Abubarkar Atiku has not endeared him to many people. I hope you do realize that the former VP and Yar’Adua have been having discussions on how to move the country forward. Part of the discussion may be that Ribadu be dropped for the obvious ways he was used to wage war against Atiku.”The source said.

Additionally, the source said that Ribadu’s second term in office is still in doubt as his reappointment by former President Obasanjo in the dying  days of his administration was never received the blessing of the Senate as stipulated by the EFCC Act.

“The EfCC act requires that the president appoints the Chairman of the Commission with the clearance and approval of the Senate of the Federal Republic. This was fulfilled in his first tenure of four years but for his reappointment for a second tenure, which reappointment was surreptitiously done in the twilight days of the Obansanjo administration, no reference was made to the Senate.

“This has left a legal loophole for the collapse of all the cases the agency has filed against those the agency has charged to court, as defense lawyers are set to rubbish the cases on the legal competence of Ribadu to operate in the capacity of chairman of the agency, having not been presented to and cleared by the Senate for appointment to a second term of office as required by law” according to the Presidency source.

However, Nuhu Ribadu is not taking his removal kindly. His sympathizers, mostly members of the media and the Human Rights community are pushing for a reversal of his removal.

Our investigations revealed that a few days ago, Ribadu in the company of business mogul Aliko Dangote and Andy Uba, former special assistant to and hatchet man of Obasanjo regime, visited the former President in his Ota farm residence and pleaded for his intervention with President Yar’Adua for Ribadu’s reinstatement, arguing before Obasanjo that Ribadu’s removal was to pave way for the appointment of an  EFCC chairman who will subsequently be used to investigate the numerous petitions against him and his family members and business associates and possibly prosecute them.  They succeeded and Obasanjo has quickly secured an appointment to see Yar’Adua on New Year ’s Day to plead for the reversal of Nuhu Ribadu’s removal as head of EFCC.

 

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7 responses to “Furor Over Ribadu’s N250 Million Abuja Residence

  1. Where are all those who cried out doom,upon hearing the new.Understand that it is not to say that the government is right or side with Mr. Ribadu,but to wait to have a true understanding of what is happening.If there is any truth as to the reports we are receiving,then the President has been merciful to Ribadu.Nevertheless as i have always said,let us watch and see how it will play out.Wishing Nigeria nad all Nigerian a happy,peaceful,prosperous and corruption free new year(i know the last one is difficut,but jus say amen).

  2. I don’t really believe this news source! They seem to be a bunch of speculators….and biased as well.

  3. This is neither here or there. Nigerian can cook up things. If Ribadu is also corrupt, try him. Speculation cannot win a a\case. IF HE IS BEING REMOVED IN ORDER TO GET oBASANJO, THAT IS WRONG. rIBADU KNOWS ALL oBASANJOS CORRUPT SKELETON, HE SHOULD BE ORDERED TO PRODUCE THE DOCUMENTS BEFORE HE IS SHOWN THE WAY OUT. iT IS A THIEF THAT SHOULD CATCH A THIEF. aLLOW rIBADU TO CATCH HIS CORRUPT MASTER KONGPIN obj THEN REMOVE HIM.

  4. GOD BLESS OBJ AND RIBADU.THESE GUYS HAVE DONE THEIR BEST FOR NIGERIA AND IM SO PROUD OF THEM.FOR THE FIRST TIME, BUSS. WAS NOT AS USUAL.NOW THAT THE THIEVES HAVE GOTTEN THEIR WAY BACK IN,GOD SAVE NIGERIA.THE EVIL MEN DO STAY RIGHT WITH THEM.

  5. THIS IS ALL A POWER GAME. RIBADU HAS HURT SOME BIG PAWPAWS IN THE PAST YEARS AND NOW IS PAYBACK TIME. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THAT RIBADU’S REPLACEMENT WILL BE PROGRAMMED TO KNOCK THE HEADS OF SOME TOPSHOTS IN THE OTHER CAMP. WHILE ALL THIS IS PLAYING OUT, THE MASSES CONTINUE TO SUFFER. GOD WILL SURELY SAVE US FROM THESE OUR MYOPIC AND NARROW-MINDED “LEADERS”.

  6. Mohammed Ameenu

    Nigerians, particularly those with access to the press and part of conventional opinion polls portrays and personify EFCC. By implication, without Ribadu EFCC would die. This is absolute rubbish. Who says Ribadu is not corrupt? What do we mean by corrupt? Is corruption only bribery and financial misappropriation? We should look beyond our nose. Ribadu contributed to the scam called 2007 elections by way of circumventing the rule of law and due process. Is this not corruption? What is more a grievious offense in Democracy than disrespect to the Constitutitution, judicial pronouncements, etc? Hasn’t Ribadu pronounced individuals guilty without subjecting himself to Constitutional provisions and the rule of law? Why did he wants to remain in office by lobbying for intervention by those he has used the law to protect? We must stop fooling ourselves, let another person occupy the office so that we may have a basis of comparison in terms of performance. More over, anyone with presidential backings and mandate to wield power as did Ribadu will excel so long as he dance to the dictates of his benefactor.

  7. Ribadu or No Ribadu, life must go on.
    Let’s try Victor Malu or Abubakar Tsav.

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