MEET MALLAM NUHU RIBADU – OUR MOTIVATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, MNI is a Nigerian police officer and politician. He was at one time the Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force and a the pioneer Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC is the government commission tasked with countering corruption and fraud. In April 2009, he became a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development.
Under his administration while at the EFCC, he charged prominent bankers, as well as serving State governors, Ministers, Senate president, high-ranking political party members, commissioners of Police, and the advance fee fraud (“419”) gang operators.
The EFCC issued thousands of indictments and achieved over 300 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 arrangement.
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu’s evidence helped prosecute foreign businesses who offered bribes while doing business in Nigeria and helped in recovering of some Nigerian assets.
In 2010, he returned to Nigeria and declared his intention to run for President of Nigeria under the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), thereafter he was adopted as the presidential candidate of the CAN on Friday, 14 January 2011.
Mallam Nuhu regularly inspires youths to become the change agents they seek. At the fourth edition of “Project Mentor-Me” organized by Group of Patriotic Corpers (GPC), a non-profit group in Abuja, he got the audience to take a critical look at their life choices and how it shapes their future.
Three years later, he defected to the then ruling party of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with the intention to run for the Governorship of Adamawa State in the North East Nigeria.
Ribadu’s achievements in the EFCC included the de-listing of Nigeria from the “FAFT List” of Non-Cooperative Countries & Territories, admission into the prestigious Egmont Group and the withdrawal of the US Treasury FINCEN Advisory on Nigeria. He 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.
PROFILE OF MALLAM NUHU RIBADU
- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was born in Yola, Adamawa State, on November 21, 1960.
- He attended Aliyu Mustapha Primary School, Yola from 1966 to 1973 and Yelwa Government Secondary School, Yola from 1973-1977. Between 1978 and 1980, he was at the College of Preliminary Studies, CPS, Yola, for his A-level studies.
- In 1980, he gained admission to study law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating in 1983. He graduated from the Nigerian Law School and was called to bar in 1984. He then joined the Nigerian Police immediately after his National Youth Service.
- Mallam Ribadu holds an LLM degree with an emphasis on the jurisprudence of corruption in Nigeria from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In 2008, he was at the Harvard Business School where he did a program in the strategic management of law enforcement agencies.
- The name Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has become a household name in Nigeria and beyond on account of his glorious public service record and personal integrity. He is a trained lawyer and fearless crime fighter. Mallam Ribadu have carved a niche for himself as someone who is patriotic, passionate, honest, courageous and compassionate.
- He courageously brought to book hundreds of fraudsters, scores of high-profile looters and economic saboteurs in spite of temptation, booby traps and threats to life. In three years, the EFCC under his leadership built the now most celebrated Crime Training and Research Institute in the West African region. The agency also recorded over 300 criminal convictions under his leadership.
- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is a recipient of several awards as a police officer, prosecutor and Chairman of EFCC. He received the Inspector General of Police Awards in 1997, 1998 and 2000, and the Special Commendation of Mr. President in 2005, for the successful prosecution of several advanced fee frauds, banking frauds and sundry economic crime cases. He was also specially commended by the Accountant General of the Federation for successfully prosecuting some corrupt public servants in 1999.
- Since 2004, notable newspapers and magazines in Nigeria have repeatedly voted Mallam Ribadu as Man of the Year, in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a committed crusader against corruption and other economic and financial related crimes.
- In acknowledgement of these rare achievements, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), in March 2007. The African Union put him on its advisory board on anti-corruption matters, and he was invited to join the advisory board of the friends of the World Bank / UNODC initiative on stolen asset recovery.
- In 2008, Ribadu completed the senior executive course of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies where he was conferred with the membership of the National Institute, MNI. In June 2010, Ribadu was awarded the Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by Babcock University, Ogun State, in recognition of his “resolute courage” as well as his “fierce stance against corruption in the face of sponsored disgrace and certain death that has resulted into positive changes and global acclaim hitherto considered impossible”.
- In 2012, Ribadu accepted to head an inquest into government’s revenue from the oil sector, an assignment he handled with his characteristic passion and dexterity, turning in a report that has since become a reference point on reforming Nigeria’s oil industry.
- On December 8, 2018, he bagged a global lifetime achievement award on an anti-corruption campaign. The award, which was administered by Qatar-based think-tank, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Centre (ROLACC).
- In a quest for the higher call to service, Mallam Ribadu has since 2010 being involved in active politics.
- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Najeem_Salaam
- Citation of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/116494/7%20-%2003%20Mallam%20Nuhu%20Ribadu_Citation.pdf
- Anti-corruption Defender Award, 2009: https://wscij.org/2009-mallam-nuhu-ribadu/
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