Fmr. EFCC Boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was poisoned – OBASANJO



Former EFCC Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
Former EFCC Boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu 
Erstwhile
chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu
Ribadu was once poisoned in the course of his duties as anti-corruption czar,
former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed.
Obasanjo,
who spoke at an international forum on 3rd Tana High Level Forum on Security in
Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday, also disclosed that Ribadu created
enemies for him because of the ruthlessness with which he carried out his
responsibilities of tackling corruption in Nigeria.
The
former President declared that he has no fear of anyone still living in
Nigeria, adding “it is rather them that fear me.”
Saying
that Ribadu took on a lot of highly connected persons in his fight against
corruption, Obasanjo said that the former anti-corruption chief was once
poisoned, causing a scare among concerned quarters.
“It was a
matter of life and death,” the former president said, though further details of
the incidence were not given.
Obasanjo
said that once Ribadu was appointed, he gave him a free hand and that Ribadu
investigated him, his late wife and several persons close to him at that time.
He also
narrated a story of how a serving minister, who was his senior in secondary
school, was indicted and prosecuted by the EFCC, adding that when the minister
was found wanting “there was no issue of seniority again.”
SOUTH SUDAN, Juba : The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), led by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo (C), arrives in the South Sudanese capital Juba on April 24, 2014 for the start of its first field mission to the country that has been mired in conflict since December. The visit comes as fresh fighting and violence against civilians are reported in South Sudan. AFP PHOTO
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo


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On
leadership
Obasanjo,
who is also the chairperson of the Tana Forum, re-echoed Ribadu’s submission
that at the centre of anti-corruption fight there was the need for willing
political leadership at the highest level.
He,
however, added that the leader also needs relevant legislations to work with,
narrating his experience with the bill establishing ICPC which, he said, was
whittled down by lawmakers, who felt they could be victims of the law.
In his
remarks, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, thanked Ribadu
for his presentation, which, he said, highlighted many good things about
Nigeria different from what is portrayed in the media.
In his presentation,
Ribadu offered measures African countries can take to tackle illicit financial
flow and repatriate money already illegally taken out of the African countries.
He said
what Africa needs is honest and committed leaders who will set examples with
themselves by eschewing corruption and close avenues of illicit financial flow.
According
to him, it is the seriousness and commitment showed by the political leadership
that will convince other foreign countries to work with them towards recovering
looted monies stashed abroad.
Ribadu
also emphasised the need for concerted effort among countries and a synergy
between law enforcement agencies so that looters could be caught.


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