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Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by gen2briz(m): 10:24pm On Dec 01, 2016
Years after leaving office as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu has named some Nigerians he said tried their best to frustrate the nation’s fight against corruption.
Mr. Ribadu spoke on Thursday when he presented the lead paper at the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by the Law Chambers of Joe Kyari Gadzama in Abuja.
Speaking under the theme “Corruption and the Nigerian Economy: Lawyers as Change Agents”, Mr. Ribadu named foremost lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, and his successor at the EFCC, Farida Waziri, as people who undermined the country’s efforts to fight against the cancer of corruption.
“I still recall with amazement and shock how some very senior lawyers made it a duty upon themselves to bring down the EFCC and stop the work we were doing. Many of them, like Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, teamed up with politicians to wage a very serious propaganda to discredit the work we were doing,” he said.
He also said Mr. Nwabueze personally went to court on many occasions to challenge the powers of the EFCC to fight corruption.
“One thing that also did a serious damage to the war against corruption was the active connivance of some senior lawyers who represented the governors we charged to courts after the 2007 election,” he said.
“It is on record that we charged the former governors of Jigawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Enugu, Ekiti, Delta, Abia and Edo states as the first set of ex-governors to face prosecution. However, almost 10 years after most of the cases have not gone anywhere because of deliberate action by lawyers to frustrate the trials,” he said.
Mr. Ribadu, a lawyer and former police officer, also said he was shocked that some lawyers who found themselves in government also worked against the fight against corruption.
“Take the case of Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, whose most cardinal agenda as the AGF seemed to be destroying EFCC by every means possible and frustrating all the cases.
“In that regard he attempted to take over the prosecutorial powers of the commission, which would have rendered the EFCC into a toothless bulldog. But of course we resisted,” he said.
He also said that Mr. Aondoakaa later found a partner in Farida Waziri when she was appointed as the chairman of the EFCC to replace Mr. Ribadu.
Mr. Ribadu said Mrs Waziri “inflicted serious damages on the EFCC from which the commission is still struggling to recover”.
He said corrupt practices that were unheard of became widespread in the Commission and outside lawyers were brought in to handle very important cases that sometimes were turned into avenues of making money.
One of such cases, he said, was the Halliburton scandal.
“We did all the work and took the investigation to a very advanced stage, but the case was handed over to private lawyers who connived with some officials to feather their nests from it.
“The lawyers ended up earning more than even the government, to the anguish of those diligent workers who built the case. That was a very unprofessional practice and against global best practice,” he said.
He also said that the United States and the UK who had similar cases did not involve any private lawyer to handle it for them.
“All these are today pieces of history but as the saying goes; truth is constant while lies fizzle out,” he said.
Supporters of anti-corruption
Mr. Ribadu also listed some Nigerian lawyers that he said contributed immensely to the fight against corruption in the country.
He said when they started the EFCC, they received support from some lawyers “many of whom offered to take on our cases for free”.
He said that “In this, Gani(Fawehinmi) has an enviable place. He gave the EFCC his all. He went up to the Supreme Court twice in defence of our work and offered all services of his chambers, including the Law Reports, free for the commission”.
Mr. Ribadu said another strong pillar of support was Femi Falana, “who supported us in nurturing the EFCC to what it is today”.
He said those doing the work today were still feeling Mr. Falana’s legal advocacy and support.
“We equally got incredible support from others like Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, the current Vice President of Nigeria; Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, SAN; Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN and Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN,” he said.
Mr. Ribadu said some of those who opposed the EFCC considered the commission a threat to their “personal pecuniary interests”.
“Some lawyers even went to the extent of attempting to compromise us to reach their target,” the retired AIG said. “Of course, we prosecuted those involved in such brazen irresponsibility.
“And because of their centrality in many financial transactions, many lawyers were directly indicted in some scandals. Such action often pitched the law enforcement, which we were, against some lawyers who felt their colleagues should be above the law.”





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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by olusledge: 10:54pm On Dec 01, 2016
lemme pitch my tent here incase e reach fp

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Cadamlk: 11:05pm On Dec 01, 2016
I wonder why PMB did not include this guy in his cabinet.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by hisgrace090: 11:26pm On Dec 01, 2016
This same people are the ones buying people today to go around shouting one sided prosecution to allow them enjoy their loot.
God is watching.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by randomme: 11:40pm On Dec 01, 2016
Oh no
Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Mentcee(m): 11:40pm On Dec 01, 2016
Bleep that Buhari !

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by basilo102: 1:28am On Dec 02, 2016
So the lawyers will not hustle for their daily bread?? blame your own legal team for incompetence

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by vingeophysicist(m): 1:51am On Dec 02, 2016
medicine after death

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Segadem(m): 2:00am On Dec 02, 2016
basilo102:
So the lawyers will not hustle for their daily bread?? blame your own legal team for incompetence
....hmmmmm, but what happens to the word that says: "there's dignity in labour"

armed robbers, kidnappers, militants also fight for their daily bread

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Emassive(m): 2:49am On Dec 02, 2016
Failed state of the Nation only opens up when they are not in power anymore. I just hope Magu can hold the likes of Ngige, Orrji, Tinubu, Ameachi, FFK, obanikoro, fashola, Peter odili, Oduaghan, dickson, Godswill A and the likes to cough up all looted funds they have today as investments so he won't tell us stories like Ribadu keeps doing in all press briefings.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by basilo102: 3:03am On Dec 02, 2016
Segadem:
....hmmmmm, but what happens to the word that says: "there's dignity in labour"

armed robbers, kidnappers, militants also fight for their daily bread
your comparison is just funny

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Stalwert: 3:22am On Dec 02, 2016
While the likes of Gani Fayemi were supporting EFCC with free legal support you have fools Ben nwabueze trying hard to frustrate efcc and till date kicks against govt efforts to fight corruption. Some people life long mission is doing good while others is to protect evil. May Allah frustrate evil doers and their protectors.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by rose54321: 3:24am On Dec 02, 2016
I wouldn't mind a Ribadu presidency.
Nigerians don't care so much about tribe once the person is learned and intelligent.

Once you hear tribal criticism on any politician it shows the person is an adamu. Mr. president take note.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by agabusta: 3:42am On Dec 02, 2016
Cadamlk:
I wonder why PMB did not include this guy in his cabinet.

In which capacity?

He abandoned the APC ship in the middle of a bitter battle and even swelled the camp of their adversary.

Let him also labour for a while, PMB will then identify where his services will be required.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by johnsonjosbles(m): 3:55am On Dec 02, 2016
Cadamlk:
I wonder why PMB did not include this guy in his cabinet.
he was in PDP now, he just return to APC last month

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by morbeta(m): 4:02am On Dec 02, 2016
Thank you for keeping us informed..........next!!!!!
Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by robminds: 4:07am On Dec 02, 2016
sure?
Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by alienvirus: 4:15am On Dec 02, 2016
The shitz that happened under the fedora guy called Jonathan. He finished the country.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Nobody: 4:23am On Dec 02, 2016
Any surprise at the names?
Prof Ben Nwabueze ?? Chief Proponent of Corruption.
Then you have long list of Yorubas as anti corruption crusaders even to the extent that SAN's are rendering their services free of Charge..
Pro Yemi Osibanjo SAN
Mr Femi Falana
Gani Fawhinmi
Tayo Oyetibo SAN
Rotimi Jacobs SAN

Etc..

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by PointZerom: 4:32am On Dec 02, 2016
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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Opeyemibayonle(m): 4:37am On Dec 02, 2016
Campaign after election melecine after dealth

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by basilo102: 4:56am On Dec 02, 2016
deji15:
Any surprise at the names?
Prof Ben Nwabueze ?? Chief Proponent of Corruption.
Then you have long list of Yorubas as anti corruption crusaders even to the extent that SAN's are rendering their services free of Charge..
Pro Yemi Osibanjo SAN
Mr Femi Falana
Gani Fawhinmi
Tayo Oyetibo SAN
Rotimi Jacobs SAN

Etc..
Lawyers went law school to win cases using the laws of the land and not some "moralist" grandstanding

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by ican2020: 4:57am On Dec 02, 2016
Nuhu Ribadu needs help fast
Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by DrayZee: 4:59am On Dec 02, 2016
Fire
Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Nobody: 5:01am On Dec 02, 2016
Cadamlk:
I wonder why PMB did not include this guy in his cabinet.
I wonder why Nigerians did not vote for him as President in 2011

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Nobody: 5:02am On Dec 02, 2016
johnsonjosbles:
he was in PDP now, he just return to APC last month
I don't think so
He ran as ACN's candidate in 2011
Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Nobody: 5:03am On Dec 02, 2016
Emassive:
Failed state of the Nation only opens up when they are not in power anymore. I just hope Magu can hold the likes of Ngige, Orrji, Tinubu, Ameachi, FFK, obanikoro, fashola, Peter odili, Oduaghan, dickson, Godswill A and the likes to cough up all looted funds they have today as investments so he won't tell us stories like Ribadu keeps doing in all press briefings.




You forgot one name
Fayose

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by bankyblue(m): 5:25am On Dec 02, 2016
This guy just kept on looking or should I say seeking for attention...... This you ur back to bck song about how u kill kworruption and how kworruption fought back is becoming too much o.


Oya pmb abeg send hisname to nass and. Let us rest.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Nobody: 5:41am On Dec 02, 2016
deji15:
Any surprise at the names?
Prof Ben Nwabueze ?? Chief Proponent of Corruption.
Then you have long list of Yorubas as anti corruption crusaders even to the extent that SAN's are rendering their services free of Charge..
Pro Yemi Osibanjo SAN
Mr Femi Falana
Gani Fawhinmi
Tayo Oyetibo SAN
Rotimi Jacobs SAN

Etc..
Stop this ethnic sentiments, corruption cuts across every tribe. Even you typing this aren't different from them in your own way and you know it.

Ribadu was like a boy sent to war with a stick. Obj didn't back him as he ought to because of certain interests that's why his dogged fight during his EFCC days didn't have much impact in the system.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by tpacalipse(m): 5:53am On Dec 02, 2016
AnonyNymous:
You forgot one name Fayose
That's deliberate if d writer is a flattino.

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Re: Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption by Nobody: 5:53am On Dec 02, 2016
When yhu see a FP bound topic, yhu know it.

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