Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab, 82-year-old billionaire businessman and former Chairman of First Bank PLC and UBA has expressed hope of seeing his son, Farouk Abdul Mutallab, who’s serving a life sentence in a United States jail for terrorism, in the future.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab popularly known as the “Underwear Bomber” or “Christmas Bomber”, is a Nigerian-born terrorist who, on the age of 23, tried to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear whereas on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day, 2009.
Abdulmutallab was convicted in a U.S. federal court docket of eight federal felony counts, together with tried use of a weapon of mass destruction and tried homicide of 289 individuals. On February 16, 2012, he was sentenced to 4 life phrases plus 50 years with out parole. He is incarcerated at ADX Florence, the supermax federal jail in Colorado.
Commenting on his son’s sentencing in an interview with Trust TV, Umaru mentioned he hopes to see his son a minimum of in the future earlier than he dies.
Revealing that he’s nonetheless in contact along with his son however beneath strict jail pointers, the previous financial institution Chairman additionally mentioned that his son calls generally twice or thrice a month. Umaru additionally disclosed that Farouk’s mom, in addition to his siblings, had been with him about three weeks in the past within the US.
“We can’t telephone him however he’s the one who can telephone us and we do converse.
“Sometimes, he calls twice or thrice in a month.
“As a matter of reality, his mom, brother and sister had been with him about two or three weeks in the past.
“They visited him beneath very strict jail pointers however we are going to carry on praying to Almighty Allah. Maybe in the future in my lifetime, we might see him again. But it’s a state of affairs whereby he has 3 life sentences, plus 40 years. It is rather a lot.
“But solely Almighty Allah will convey us right into a state of affairs of seeing him on this world along with his siblings right here in Nigeria.”
When requested if he’s among the many eleventh richest males in Nigeria, the previous Minister and Chairman of Jaiz Bank mentioned he wouldn’t take into account himself one of many richest in Nigeria.
“I am not a poor man, neither would say I am one of the richest persons in Nigeria, but I thank God for what He has given me. I’m grateful to Him. But I will not consider myself the 11th richest man in Nigeria by any chance.”