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Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu


Ribadu is a former Nigerian government anti-corruption official. He was the pioneer Executive Chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the government commission tasked with countering corruption and fraud.

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On October 20, 2006, Nuhu Ribadu told the BBC that over 380 billion dollars had been stolen or wasted by Nigerian governments since independence in 1960.Under Ribadu's administration, the EFCC charged prominent bankers, former as well as serving State governors, ministers, Senate presidents, high-ranking political party members, commissioners of Police, and advance fee fraud ("419") gang operators.The EFCC issued thousands of indictments and achieved about 270 convictions. One notable case was that of his boss, the then Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police Force, Mr Tafa Balogun, who was convicted, jailed and made to return £150 million under a plea bargain.

Ribadu’s achievements in the EFCC included the de-listing of Nigeria from the FATF List of Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories, admission into the prestigious Egmont Group and the withdrawal of the US Treasury FINCEN Advisory on Nigeria. They helped make the EFCC the foremost Anti-Corruption Enforcement Agency on the continent, cementing Ribadu's reputation in the world as a respected anti-corruption crusader.

Nuhu Ribadu's evidence helped prosecute foreign businesses who offered bribes while doing business in Nigeria.[citation needed] Ribadu has however been accused of double standard and insincerity in his war against corruption. Many observed that Ribadu went after perceived enemies of his boss, Obasanjo while shielding the friends of the former president. He has also been accused of corruption himself in that he failed to declare his assets for which he is undergoing prosecution at the code of conduct tribunal. Though his self imposed exile has stalled the prosecution at the code of conduct tribunal, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has signified intention to withdraw the case against him. Ribadu was also said to have bought federal government property for his in-law. Notable among his critics is radical Lagos lawyer, Fetus Keyamo who has described the withdrawal of charges against Ribadu as totally wrong, very insensitive, entirely unwise and ill-advised. So far, none of the accusations of corruption have been substantiated. Several newspapers which have led in the criticism of Ribadu are owned by individuals who were pursed on corruption charges.

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Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
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Date of Birth: Nov/21/1960
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Place of Origin: Nigeria

Ribadu is a former Nigerian government anti-corruption official. He was the pioneer Executive Chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the government commission tasked with countering corruption and fraud.In April 2009, he became a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. He lived in exile until 2010 when he returned to Nigeria and declared his intention to run for President of Nigeria under the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

Ribadu studied law at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State from 1980 until 1983, receiving a Bachelor of Laws degree. Following a year at the Nigerian Law School, he was called to Bar in 1984. He also earned a Master of Laws  degree from the same university. He is a Ted Fellow and currently a Senior Fellow in St. Antony's College, Oxford University, UK.

In 2003 he was appointed to the chairmanship of EFCC by President Olusegun Obasanjo and reappointed in 2007. He was also promoted to the position of Assistant Inspector General of Police.The promotion on April 9, 2007, three weeks before newly elected President Umaru Yar'Adua was sworn-in, was later challenged on the basis that it was "illegal, unconstitutional, null and void, and of no legal effect."In December 2007 Mike Okiro, Inspector-General of Police, stated that Ribadu would be removed as EFCC chairman for a one-year training course.

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On April 15, 2008, Nuhu Ribadu received the World Bank's 2008 Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service, for having led a courageous anti-corruption drive in Nigeria, as Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

On August 4, 2008, the Police Service Commission in Nigeria announced the demotion of Mr. Ribadu from Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) to Deputy Commissioner of Police. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had promoted Ribadu to AIG weeks before the end of his tenure in office in 2007.

On November 22, 2008, his graduation from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Plateau State was aborted at the last minute. Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who was initially seated in the hall along with other graduands, was ordered out of the hall allegedly on orders from top administration officials.There were condemnations from all over the world for his treatment.

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Author: oniemola
Wed Oct 13 09:29:56 2010

I go into temporary sadness when comentators define Nigeria's political life simply along enthnic or religous divides. Put the leadership and the problems of Nigeria side by side. E.G. corruption: where is the boundary line? North or South? Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba? or the so-called ethnic minorities? Is looting, stealing or pjilfering not crossing social, including gender borders? Are we not witnessing higher scale of democratic looting now than the militocratic stealing of the past.

It looks like Nigeria's main political problem is heinous materialism, that is, acquisition of wealth illegimately by any means, now! now!! now!!! and by leadership… [Read Full Text]

Author: deportedbiafra
Fri Oct 15 17:18:11 2010

I would like to let the world know that one Nigeria option didnt bear any good fruit for 50 years. Nigeria is no longer a nation but nations. There will be three nations to come out of nigeria very soon. The Biafran Liberation organasition <> is on the way to be born.Whenever you think or mention nigeria as a nation,please I beg you,just count the Igbos out,we are Biafrans.short and simple. God bless United States of Biafra

Author: kamolak06
Fri Dec 10 05:21:58 2010

Dear fellow Nigerians,

Iam very disapointed with some Nigerians that crys for war or for Nigeria to be devided, Dear fellow Nigerians Igbos were too much in to each others.The Yoruba,Hausa and Igbos cant do without eachothers. Lets look at the most of investments of Igbos in Lagos alone or in Northern Nigeria the Igbos has a lot to loss than the Yorubas or Hausas. The Yorubas and Hausas are not much in Igbos Land but there are millions of Igbos and their investments in Yoruba, Hausa land. The Igbos can not trade without reaching Lagos,Kano,Kaduna etc. Dear… [Read Full Text]

Author: ebeozor
Sat Dec 18 17:40:37 2010

Sir, you are very right in your analogy of the Ibos standing to loose out the most should anyone try to nurse the idea of dividing the country.. we all know that Nigeria is still trying to recover from the Biafra war. We have to suck it up and find a common ground to work together as a nation. We should start seeing eachother as Nigerians, a nation like USA is great today because they are proud to be called Americans. Not until an Hausa man starts names his child Nduka, a Yoruba man names his child Chiamaka, an Igbo… [Read Full Text]

Author: Beebee
Mon Feb 21 01:07:29 2011

Don't let us wait for God's intervension because it will take time.let do something to slove ur problems.

Author: Beebee
Mon Feb 21 00:44:23 2011

My brother/sisters,Nigeria is pluralistic country,which is blessed is natural resource and great people,but where our problems lies is our polluted mind,if that polluted mind could be clean i.e our currpt rulers not leaders can posses the fear of God Nigeria would a better place to live.God bless NIGERIA!

Author: D.J YAYA
Sun Nov 14 12:07:01 2010

It is indeed unfortunate that out of about 140,000,000 or so,nigeria can only present the like of Gusau,Babangida,Ribadu and co. as presidential candidates.Where is our pride?Where is our conscince?It is clear that my beloved country and it citizenry lack the basic senses of purpose and direction that is required for any meaningful progress.No wonder we look toword these so called leaders that are completely blinded by greed and wickedness for 'leadership'.We're already in trouble and GOD save the soul of the unborn.If I have the means,I would send them[the unborn] a message,that they should change their address, may be to… [Read Full Text]

Author: hmshuwaki
Thu Jan 6 19:45:45 2011

Nigeria and Nigerians need a credible leaders like the most populous honest man like General Muhammad Buhari.Therefore we the youth will not accept any election manipulation called rigging that will destroy the future of our country. Nigerians please vote for the person that will serve our father land with love and strength and faith.

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