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I’m happy to be home, says Ribadu

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu surrounded by reporters on his arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos yesterday. Photo by Lamidi Bamidele

By Kenneth EHIGIATOR
Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, arrived the country Friday, declaring he was happy to be back home.

Ribadu had been in self-exile in the United States in the past 18 months, having fled the country during the administration of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Clad in white Kaftan, Ribadu’s Delta Airlines flight DL053 touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 4:30pm.

It just wasn’t possible for press men to interview him, as he was swarmed by a horde of security men, who shielded him from everyone.

All he could say in the midst of security men who sandwiched him was simply this: “  “I feel wonderful, very wonderful, I am very happy to be back home.  I feel very great to be back home. I am just coming in now, I cannot say much but I’m very happy to be back home.”

He had barely said the last word when he was ushered into a waiting Mercedes 6.3 AMG Jeep, marked TJ 63 ABJ.
In a jiffy, he was driven out of the airport in a convoy of six vehicles, made up of mainly sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

Also at the airport were scores of family members who waited for hours to receive the former anti-corruption crusader back home.

Prior to the arrival of the aircraft, reporters and security operatives had waited in different locations around the terminal building, as the cars brought in to take him home were positioned at the diplomatic car park of the airport.

The large presence of security operatives at the airport kept passengers and other airport users wondering what was amiss.

Besides, scores of Immigration and Custom officials were seen waiting to facilitate his arrival, as heavily armed policemen escorted him out of the terminal building into the waiting jeep that was used as a decoy .

Talks of Ribadu returning to Nigeria had been in the air soon after President Goodluck Jonathan assumed office as Acting President, in the aftermath of the ill-health of the late President Yar’Adua.

The speculations got stronger following the role he played during the president’s visit to the United States, even before he was sworn-in as substantive President of Nigeria.


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