Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the man behind the probe and exposure of Nigerian criminals in public offices, under the authority of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has had to self-exile himself for fear of his life, reports claim.
After several probes and arrests of high profile fraudulent public officers, including the former Inspector General of the Nigerian police, The ex-chairman of the EFCC has sneaked out of the country, with his destination unknown, at least to the public, following persistent harassment and threats to his life.
Reports claim that efforts by his family members to reach him in the last 48 hours, has been unsuccessful.
According to news sources, there have been combined efforts by the Nigeria Police authorities, some agents of the incumbent government and some former governors, who are currently facing trials by the EFCC, to oppress and intimidate the financial crime detective.
Mallam Ribadu, according to reports, has been a victim of persecution following his selfless service to expose Nigerian public ‘thieves.’ It was reported that unknown assailants recently trailed him on Jos Road, in Abuja, and shot at his vehicle, damaging his car’s windscreen.
Prominent Nigerians, including Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN and Pastor Tunde Bakare condemned the humiliations and persecutions meted out on Mallam Ribadu, and called on his detractors to leave him alone.
Mallam Ribadu who had initially refused to take the advise of his family members and friends to leave the country in the face of threats to his life has reportedly taken their warnings seriously.
It is believed that he may have crossed the Nigerian border by land and later flown to a Western country.