Gunmen on Sunday kidnapped Mallam Sani Ribadu, a junior brother of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, The Nation Newspaper is reporting.
The younger Ribadu was kidnapped on his farm along Fufore, about 15kilometres to Yola. It was learnt that he went to his farm on Sunday evening for a “routine tendering of his crops” when the gunmen stormed the place and took him to an unknown destination.
It was unclear if the abduction was politically motivated or by some insurgents on the rampage in the state. But there was suspicion of political motives last night because Sani was rated as “central to the campaign coordination of the ex-EFCC chairman.”
Apart from being a former chairman of Yola South Local Government Area, Sani Ribadu was also a former member of Adamawa State House of Assembly.
A source said: “The ex-LGA chairman was abducted and his car left intact on the farm. We cannot locate his whereabouts.
“Apart from alerting the police, a search team has been put in place.” Responding to a question, the source added: “Actually, Sani Ribadu’s experience had been availed the former EFCC chairman who is still learning the ropes in politics.
“We are suspecting that he might have been targeted. But it is too early to draw any conclusion.”
The Special Assistant on Media to the ex-EFCC chairman, Mallam Abdulazeez Abdulazeez, who spoke with our correspondent at about 10pm, said: “It is true that some gunmen kidnapped Oga’s brother or cousin to put it in better perspective.”