Update from Qudus' blog

Aug 23, 2008

EXPOSED! Why Yar’Adua hunts Ribadu.

BY DICKSON OMONODE

THE recent quake in the cadres of Nigeria Police which swept many officers off their seats was just one script in a well-hatched game plan by the presidency to clip the wings of the former 
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu in an attempt to please certain interests in and outside the government, including President Musa Yar’Adua himself, it has been revealed. Ribadu was demoted from the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) along with 139 other officers. 

While a good number of Nigerians did not see any justification for the action of the Chief Parry Osayande-led Police Service Commission (PSC) particularly from the legal perspective, information available to National Daily strongly suggest that Yar’Adua and some other powerful officials of the state had targeted Ribadu for ‘destruction’ via demotion for reasons of his intelligence image hunting them.

The problem Ribadu now faced dates from soon after his re-deployment as a student to National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, in January this year, when he reportedly confided in a friend that “these people do not know what I have on them even Mr. President. I can rock their boat and let the world know that they are not clean as they claim.”

National Daily investigations revealed that Ribadu may have been sold out to the authorities by that friend as information later got to Presidency that the former EFCC boss had a dossier on Mr. President, some former governors and other public office holders. Particularly, the world-acclaimed anti-corruption warrior is believed to have in his possession copies of the investigation activities of the cases involving very powerful officials, both serving and past while he was Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to Presidency sources, this was why the State Security Services (SSS) were to be unleashed on Ribadu just as the police have taken care of Mallam Ibrahim Magu, another strongman at the EFCC under Ribadu. Magu’s residence was first raided for allegedly being in possession of damaging documents against prominent persons in the country before he was eventually arrested by the police. Specifically, about 24 hours after his demotion was announced the SSS invited Ribadu for questioning. The secret service operatives even visited Kuru in Jos where Ribadu was to effect his arrest but met his absence as insiders had given him a tip-off. Accordingly, “trump up charges have been prepared by the Justice Ministry and should Ribadu be arrested, he would end up in jail, insiders say.

On the president, it is believed that details of allegations of unspent campaign funds from the last Presidential elections allegedly running into about N7billion, and Yar’Adua’s ties with German Construction giant, Julius Berger, a company that is under the intense searchlight of German apex investigation body known as the GKA for offering bribes to Nigerian Government officials are also among issues the President has with Ribadu.

Though, Yar’Adua soon after he assumed office as President in 2007 had publicly declared his total assets with everything put at less than a billion naira, Ribadu is said to have some damaging report on the unspent campaign funds for both the 2007 presidential and the financial activities of Mr. President while he was governor of Katsina State.

Besides the unspent campaign funds, President Yar’Adua was also said not to be comfortable with the information available to Ribadu over the bribe-for-contract scam involving the construction giant; Julius Berger. The company has reportedly been under investigation by its parent country Germany in recent time over some bribery allegations and the company’s Vice Chairman, Dr. Han Wittmann was said to be at the centre of the scandal.

Intelligence source confirmed to National Daily that Wittman has been helping Yar’Adua to secure the best medical help in Germany and so would want the President’s intervention as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), under Ribadu’s chairmanship had reportedly co-operated fully with the GKA with whom they have an existing high-level Mutual Legal Assistance status (MLA).
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the civil engineering giant which dominates construction contracts in Nigeria, was named early in the year as a conduit in the bribery of top officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - but the company has stoutly denied playing any role in the alleged scandal

The bribes were allegedly wired through Julius Berger, a Nigerian company in which the German group holds 49 per cent shares equity. A German construction group, Bilfinger Berger, has been accused of paying kick-backs to PDP officials, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported in May this year.
At the time of the alleged payments, the Bilfinger Berger group was reportedly seeking the contract to build a gas-liquefaction plant for Nigeria's gas-export industry.
The GKA, according to our sources, was taking serious advantage of the high level secret MLA status it has with the EFCC (as there is no such treaty between Germany and the Nigeria government). Already, sources further disclosed, the GKA was closing in on Julius Berger with the assistance of EFCC which was somehow billed to commence local investigation into company’s activities in Nigeria sometime this year but for Ribadu’s movement to NIPSS.

With this co-operation between EFCC and GKA on one hand and similar agreements between the anti-graft agency other countries and international bodies over the years, Ribadu’s international image has become upscale and this, according to our source, is now hunting Yar’Adua and his government.

Beyond the presidential anger against the former EFCC boss, some former Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) were also said to have called for Ribadu’s head for daring to disgrace one of their own – Tafa Balogun on issues of corrupt practices.

The former police chieftains were said to be very bitter against Ribadu over his “strong-handedness” when they tried to intervene in some corruption cases he (Ribadu) was investigating. They also are piqued especially at the way he handled the Balogun matter, accusing him of not showing any measure of respect for the office of the IGP. They also pointed out the use of handcuffs on the former police chief and the way he was reportedly dragged by a moving car.
National Daily investigation revealed that when charges of corruption involving multi-billion naira were brought against Balogun soon after he was forced to resign from his position of inspector general of police in 2005, some former IGPs had tried to intervene in the matter but Ribadu who had a direct brief from the then President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have adopted a hard-line posture that made it impossible to mitigate Balogun’s travails.

As a serving police officer, they had expected Ribadu to use his position in ensuring that Balogun was treated with some measure of dignity during the trial. That was certainly not the case, as the former inspector-general of police was hand-cuffed and dragged to the court like a common criminal. He was on one occasion even bullied and felled on the premises of the court premises by the anti-graft agents when he hesitated to board their vehicle. But to most Nigerians, what the EFCC did was not wrong insofar as Balogun was a suspect standing criminal trial like any other suspect. 

Some senior police officers had confided in National Daily last week that Tafa Balogun possibly knew that he would have time to revenge when he said “I will bounce back” soon after his conviction with a few months imprisonment after having entered plea bargain with the prosecutors. To such officers, Balogun may unarguably be an ally with the powers that be in the plotting of Ribadu’s current downfall from the pinnacle of grace.
Ribadu is also said not to be in the good books of the incumbent Police 

Inspector-General Mike Okiro is believed to still be upset that when he (Ribadu) was posted to NIPSS, Ribadu bluntly refused on the pages of the newspapers. Even when the former EFCC boss came back to see Okiro, the IG refused him audience and asked that he “obeyed the order first before complain”, which meant that he reported at NIPSS first.

Just as these exclusively gathered information were being tidied up, another source hinted on the fact that a statement credited to Ribadu during the campaign for the presidential elections early last year where he was quoted to have said the only Presidential Candidate he would have supported irrespective of political party affiliations was General Muhammadu Buhari, the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) because of his integrity and uprightness did not go down well with loyalists of Yar’Adua. They are said to have re-echoed this alleged comment by Ribadu to convince Mr. President that the former EFCC boss never believed in him (Yar’Adua), and could spill the beans any day if “he is not caged”, hence the onslaught. These issues, according to sources, make the President jittery.

Further revelations will unfold in the massive hunt for Ribadu’s head, the sources said, adding that they would be unveiled as time goes on. But no words yet on the place for his vexed intelligence dossiers in the country’s continuing war on corruption. One thing is however evident in the air at the moment is the heightened anxiety over the safety of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the former EFCC Chairman.

8 comments:

  1. so..that comment was meant for the essay...yup.
    and its really like your views and all that good stuff..y'kno sometimes its good to just hear people's view..people talk...that nice

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  2. Nuhu will survive.

    The powers that make him the most powerful yesterday would soon change hands someday, and he will have the last laugh.

    So all you Ribadu haters be careful, no condition is permanent.

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  3. When you chase a dog with a wrapper tied on, your wrapper will definetly fall off and reveal your nakedness.

    And in the process of putting back on your wrapper, the dog either escapes or turns to attack.

    Thus, Nuhu's predators will ultimately become preys in the long run.

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  4. Cynthia Teyana RossSaturday, November 08, 2008

    ha ha ha...very funny!

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  5. imagine, those who cannot sit down and count five hundred thousand naira are stealing billions of naira. those who claim to be educated but do not know the importance of posterity over the idiocy of a fleeting moment which tommorow will not pardon. leave them, let them continue; by refusing to heed the deafening whipering of the west wind for a change, they are making a tsunami inevitable. i can see it coming fast like an express train whether they persecute Ribadu or not..

    i think we should all stop wasting our time asking them to change from their evil ways. their story is like the parable of a stranger in my town who cannot swim but climbs up to the Lafenwa bridge wanting to take a death plunge into the Ogun river. he will not live to tell the story. the river is more of rock than water.
    just ask yourself what you are benefitting from the government. i pay tax, no good road. no water i have two generating sets because PHCN will not give , sorry cannot give me power, yet i pay my bill every month. i build a house and government comes in to tax me. what do i not pay tax on. what can the government offer me? please let us sit back and try to see, may he i have a problem.

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  6. @Yinka, True words!

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  7. have you guys heard the latest?
    hmm
    Reports reaching SaharaReporters from Saudi Arabia indicate that Umaru Yar'Adua is in what our sources described as “a serious condition” at the Saudi German Hospital in Jeddah. Mr. Yar’Adua has been in Saudi Arabia since Wednesday to undergo medical treatment for undisclosed ailments.

    if you are friend with Kayode Ogundamisi, read his note.
    http://www.new.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=36584661170&ref=nf

    i can smell cockroach, hmm if anything like Cou...(i din't call it finish o, abeg) happens, good people i will change my plan of coming back to Naija next year o.
    but lets all keep watching, wonders will never stop popping up in Naija.

    Qd.

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  8. Ohimai Godwin AmaizeSaturday, November 08, 2008

    Tele! I dig that proverb!
    I say AMEN to all of it!!
    LOL!!!

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