Ribadu opens up, names Nigerians who ‘frustrated’ fight against corruption

Ribadu

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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  • FreeNigeria

    Nigerians and their unintelligent thinking. Hear Ribadu and his excuse for failures. Corruption is strong in Nigeria because most Nigerians are corrupt. EFCC is weak because they’re fighting corruption in newspapers not well put together cases. Let EFCC employ real professionals and not dropouts and corrupt policemen.

    • Charles River

      Ribadu is not a ‘failure’ by any means; his handwork in spite of financial constraints in those early days ensured that the agency survived and is what it is today.

      • thusspokez

        Ribadu is a talker and that is what he is good at.

        • Charles River

          Just imagine what the state of our economy and government financing would be like today without the EFCC, give him credit at least for building the institution.

          • aboki

            Otile you didn’t comment

          • MO the Observer

            Otile the dead

          • MO the Observer

            true talk charles, ignore the dead called Otile

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            OBJ built the institution. Ribadu was just a caretaker who’s master was also in the house. If the master was not in the house then its Ribadu’s achievement

        • Mufu Ola

          And an achiever too despite obstacles thrown into his paths. Fighting corruption needs plenty of talking too.Because you can’t vacate the space for propagandists to fill up to muddle up facts.

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          a dann good talker and orator which is = a spin doctor

      • FreeNigeria

        Ribadu is a woeful failure. He’s dancing to OBJ tunes and his self gratification. How did he become a rich man from a short police career?

    • Lanre

      Ribadu is an empty barrel. I will never take him serious. He has mentioned some names here. I am expecting lawsuits soon.

  • thusspokez

    “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,

    What has changed? Enter the current AGF Abubakar Malami and his so-called “high Profile” cases and National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC).

  • Ajike Ole

    Ribadu I never knew you were this empty. Simply because people like Prof.Nwabueze challenged the legality of the EFCC he frustrated you. Just like Buhari you inept and incompetent people hate challenges. Always wants everything done in their favour. Going to court to enrich our jurisprudence and democracy is corruption in the eyes of Ribadu. That is why Buhari is bullying the judiciary. You all will fail. We will continue to challenge your totalitarianism and absolutism. Call it corruption who cares.

    • MO the Observer

      Ole lomo, listen to yourself, well, by their name and response we shall know them, shame on you… the clampdown of corrupt judges just began,you can all cry a river.

      • Doyin

        Wetin now, he/she is not ole but a thief. LOL

    • Lanre

      Please don’t mind the political prostitute. From Presidential Candidate to Near Gubernatorial Candidate to aspiring Minister to prospective Social Critic. That is the lot of most loud noise makers in Nigeria who make a living touting themselves as leaders.

  • Bayo

    Ibos thrive in a lawless nd corrupt atmosphere.
    Shame on nwabueze.

    • imagine_2012

      What is wrong with corruption?

    • Ugwuchiapkolam

      When hate and ignorancestors covers ones eyes, he looses his thinking faculty and generalises particulars. People like you fan the embers of hatred and you can gain nothing from it. You better wake up from your slumber. No tribe in Nigeria has contributed or sacrified as much as the Igbo in Nigeria. Enough of your hate speech.

      • KBE

        While I liked the way you started l must confess you ended very badly. At the end you did not do a good job. Every tribe has contributed one way or the other to the growth of this nation and that is a fact even if you chose to reject it.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        good factual comment but the end was somewhat inappropriately put.

    • FuzzyLogic

      There is a certain VC that has been granted bail recently by the EFCC and accused of embezzling humongous amount of money. Nigerian Universities until now have never experienced that kind of plunder. There was also Tafa Balogun. He stole like Oyenusi who also happens to set the record on thievery in Nigeria. He too is a Yoruba like you. Tinubu who is the leader of Yorubas is an ex drug kingpin. Don’t take my word for it just Google ‘Nigerian Pres Svengali’. In the banking sector including the CBN, it is the Yorubas that do all the insider looting. Outside the banks, they borrow Billions of Naira with no intention of paying back. The list of Yoruba malfeasance and how the make Nigeria corruption impossible to eradicate in Nigeria is endless.
      And you have the effrontery to throw stone at the Igbos. Hopeless area boy.

      • Doyin

        We have Igbo looters, Yoruba Looters, Hausa Looters and many tribal looters, stop supporting your tribal looters, doing so shows your frustrations all over your comments as a looter under EFCC probe.

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          God bless you and your family for a 1000 generations doyin. They wont upvote you because you spoke the truth about all tribes. I sometimes wonder if these people making comments here are paid agents of the failed Biafra war generation, whos jobs are to increase tribalism stats and make unwary and misinformed Nigerians start hating the next tribe.

        • FuzzyLogic

          I agree with your submission here. There are corrupt people in every ethnic group in Nigeria. When someone naively claims that it is only Igbos, then I, armed with will confront that person with real data that prove otherwise.

  • Jammie

    Mr. Ribadu, if you want to know those who stifled the fight against corruption, look no further than yourself.
    You only fought against those not in the good books of your master Obasanjo. You looked the other way as OBJ and his associates robbed the country blind while going out of your way to pursue others.

    You aren’t a lawyer, just a mere holder of a law degree. Devoid of any sophistication; speak in the vocabulary of a 6th grader.

    During your reign, you seized peoples property (belonging mostly to Ibos), single-handedly chose who bought them and solely determined give-away prices.

    You live in an Abuja mansion worth almost a Billion Naira and claimed it was a gift from your father in-law. Did your father in-law pay tax on the income with which he acquired the mansion in the first place? Did you pay gift tax when he allegedly gifted it?

    During Obasanjo’s Tenure Elongation project, you paid a lip service while he moved billions of Naira around to bribe legislators and others.

    You’re the most shameless of public officers. Jumping from one party to another, seeking office. Since you ran for Prez in ACN; ran for Governor in PDP; Now you should run for LGA chairman under APGA.

    You’re a shameless, classless, intellect-less relevance seeker. Each time you sought to give a lecture, you audience always turned out to be smarter than you. So, you learn from them instead of the other way around.

    Please go away and remain in perpetual ignominy and obscurity. I knew your antecedents. One day, am gonna expose you. Shameless ignoramus.

    • FreeNigeria

      Just too good. “Now you should run for LGA chairman under APGA.” That’s priceless

    • MO the Observer

      expose him na, you are just ranting, but he just exposed some people without fear, do same na… crying wolf

    • Lanre

      Thank you for the brilliant submission. I thought I was the only one who could read this man.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Ben nwabueze,igbos have never meant well for this country. They support every bad thing that befalls the country. Who will entrust you with anything good. Emefiele, okonjo who destroyed our economy was an Igbo, diezani was equally from them. They are always available in any process that will help them being Nigeria down. Ihejirika help killed many of our galant soldiers. Jonathan,the igbos adopted son, handed over our country’s integrity to the militants who will take over the destruction of fortunes as a country. Just name it. These people should be quarantined.

    • Monsur

      The most honest and sincere comment I’ve read this year.. But you 4got to mention Drug dealings, kidnapping, money ritual, and baby factory etc which Igbo specialize on! Kudos @ Abdulmojeed

      • niran ade

        You guys made your point, but for the sake of unity, we should all desist from inflicting the wrath on a particular region. This spawn tribalism and the undertone is perceived unruly amidst other posters. That’s not to say the likes of Atiku, Tinubu, Obi, etc didn’t sabotage our economy for personal gains. Let us join hands to cast the last stone on them.

      • FuzzyLogic

        The leader of the Yorubas, Tinubu is an ex drug kingpin. Google ‘Nigerian Pres Svengali’. I did not make this up. It was Billy Eko, another Yoruba man that started international drug smuggling in Nigeria. Senator Kashamu is still sitting in the hallowed chambers of the Nigerian senate while Interpol is watching his every move to apprehend and extradite him to the US for drug trafficking. Not to mention Tafa Balogun, Patricia Ette, former speaker who stepped down in ignominy, Even a University VC betrayed the confidence vested in him and joined the Yoruba stealing club.

        • princegab

          Ribadu hits you hard such that you are halusinating

          • FuzzyLogic

            Because he is a confused man who does not understand the duties of a lawyer in jurisprudence. See how he is gallivanting from one party to another seeking for political power with no core conviction.

          • princegab

            Ribald is not confused, he was a victim of circumstance. Just like you and i

        • Doyin

          Did you attend Google University?

          • FuzzyLogic

            Facts are a stubborn thing. Deal with it.

        • Mufu Ola

          Google…..google ….google. I’m sure if your name is Daniel Adams & Google says u’re Usman, you will clap & say “yes my name is Usman”. You’ve so brainwashed yourself into believing Google is d beginning & end of life not knowing that informations in Google are published there by humans like you. For God’s sake I’ve come across several wrong informations in your “Saint Google”.Concerning Tinubu you people will just pack yourselves mortuaries prematurely with your obsession of him.It takes one drug dealer to indentify another from questionable sources. Are u one yourself?

        • humanbeing

          Pls go through the list of names by Ribadu. Are you shocked to learn that more than 80 percent of those who worked against corruption are yorubas and 60percent of those that worked to facilitate corruption are igbos. However, they are all lawyers.
          The real issue here is the problem with Nigeria is heavily dependent on our lawyers who are mostly thieves. What ten heavily armed robbers cannot steal with AK47s, a lawyer will steal with his brief case without sweat.

          • FuzzyLogic

            Are you shocked that more than 80% of all cases of serious fraud in Nigeria involve people of Youba ethnic background? Be it in the political, banking, civil service, or academic sectors. It is always Yorubas who subvert systems in order to steal.

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        If you believe that, then you are the troll of the year my friend. That is not the designation that you want to have.

    • Daniel

      What exactly has the EFCC achieved that a REFIRMED POLICE cannot?

      The EFCC is nothing but a tool in the hands of any president to pursue political vendetta.

      Obasanjo who set it up did the same thing.

      Begin to ask Buhari questions because he is the opposite of progresss in this country right now.

      And hide your baseless fanaticism, because the reality looms large on Buhari’s failures…

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        “”””””What exactly has the EFCC achieved that a REFORMED POLICE cannot?””””‘Gbam!!! Well said truth.

        “”””The EFCC is nothing but a tool in the hands of any president in power to pursue political vendetta.”””” Truth Number 2.0

        “”””Obasanjo who set it up did the same thing. He used the EFCC to deny competent people who could have succeeded him , instead of the unfit Yardua.'””””. Truth Number 2.1

        • Daniel

          EFCC, ICPC,CCB and other money gusling agencies should be SCRAPPED.

          we need a reformed police, reflective of a federal state.

          A policeman should be given 3bedroom flat,a car and all sorts of insurance. And it be regularly paid for.

          His education should be highly subsidised.

          All their training facilities upgraded, with off grid power supply.

          Peageut in Kaduna and other parts of the country can give them customised cars for operations.

          Nigerians are tired of INCOMPETENCE.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            well said. In the UK the police officers earn higher than the PM. i remember in 2005 when it was on the news in London than a police officer who did overtime and special duties earn a whooping 180k pounds that year compared to the PM 120k pounds. That is why the police force there is effective. And the prime minister doesnt appoint the chief of police there. Thats one thing we need to stop in Nigeria is where presidents appoint IGP’s. they appoint IGP so they can use the police for their illegal undemocratic agenda’s.

          • Daniel

            That is why we need some soul searching in Nigeria.

            Who is that parent that will willingly and happily wish their child would be a Nigerian police officer.

            Close to100% of those men and women are there due to frustration, poverty and political manipulations.

            And of course there are the ethnic champions.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            Gbam. Those are the Calibre of people in the police force which is the problem today.

    • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

      Igbos ruled this country for over 40years and turned people from their region to street beggars, Almajiris, terrorists and kidnappers…IBB, Abacha and Buhari (PTF) are Igbos, Atiku is an Igboman, Ty Danjuma is an Igboman…

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        Gbam!!!

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      You asked me once to not generalize Muslims in a negative light (not that I was doing so). But now you are generalizing Igbos in a similar negative light?

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Provocations.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          Even if this is the case, first, is it all Igbos? Could they even be foreigners posing as Igbos?

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Okarfor,as much as I hate to insult the entire group because of the offence of an individual,yet those who will not spare you when they give a blanket insult on your own group,will always bring this up. You always melt my heart anytime you throw the heat of your intelligent challenge at me. Anyway,I erred and say iam sorry.

  • Julius Joel

    I agree with Ribadu on Mr Nwabeze. The latter is a busy body

    • FuzzyLogic

      There is no higher authority than Prof. Nwabueze when it comes to Nigerian Constitutional Law. His duty as a defense lawyer is to force the government to prove its case beyond reasonable doubts and not to prove the innocence or guilt of his client. His client goes free if the government fails to prove its case. Malam Ribadu will go to court only armed with hear-say as evidence. And predictably will get humiliated. Remember the guy they claimed bombed Abuja motor park and they chased him to Sudan, brought him back to Nigeria, only for the courts to set the guy free for want of evidence. That is the kind of shoddy investigation that happens in Nigeria by law enforcement.

      • princegab

        Continue to deceive yourself soon you will deny any corruption in Nigeria

      • Doyin

        In your own world.

        • FuzzyLogic

          Go and ask Nigerian Constitutional lawyers and Law students. Don’t take my word for it.

      • Mufu Ola

        “No other higher authority than Prof Nbabueze”?? U must be a wonder.

        • FuzzyLogic

          Which other higher authority are you going to appeal to after Prof. Nwabueze when it comes to Nigerian Constitutional Law? Name(s), please? If you have non, then keep quiet.

          • Mufu Ola

            I repeat u’re a wonder!

  • Enemona

    Truth be told, Nwabueze is one of the most corrupt lawyers in Nigeria. That guy loves money.

  • Amadu Shakur

    @Nojeemdeen. It is not right to generalise and stereotype a tribe. This is why there is so much inter-ethnic hatred in this country. Prof Ben Nwabueze did his legal duties to his clients. It is up to EFCC to successfully prosecute the cases. After all, there were hordes of corrupt people in the same administration he served; how many of them did he arrest? NONE! Who are the individuals owning oil blocks and milking the country dry? Who are the people in government positions and stalling the progress of this country? You will find people of all tribes involved. You may even be one of them. Please refrain from this hate and leave the Igbos alone.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Ribadu seem to be very confused. He choice of Joe Gazama platform is very improper because he represented corruption in all its entirety. Joe Gazama was the criminal lawyer who works for everything called corruption. He collected naira 1.5 billion for winding up already wounded phcn

  • FuzzyLogic

    The duty of a defense lawyer is to force the government to prove its case beyond reasonable doubts. It is not to proof the innocence of their clients. That is where Mallam Ribadu is confused. And that is why Prof. Nwabueze should pity his ignorance and not join issues with him.

    • Decimator

      Nothing more to add.

    • princegab

      Ribadu is not confused, these lawyers bribed judges and frustrated cases.

    • Doyin

      You failed to add that the duty of defense lawyer in your own world and Prof or whatever Ben Nwabueze is bribing the judges to favor them. Mumu.

  • Gary

    Little wonder that the EFCC has remained a paper tiger since inception by the half-knowledge of the law and due process of those chosen to lead it.
    From Ribadu to now Magu, the mindset of our EFCC Chiefs remains that their word should be sufficient to obtain convictions against anyone they charge for corruption. They have thus focused mostly on grandstanding and wooing pliable sections of the Nigerian media to smear and sully anyone they charge in the hope that public opinion will win the cases for the agency in court. When they run into the brick wall of good lawyering by defense counsels, they turn to their media megaphone to decry corrupt lawyers and judges working to free suspects. Obviously, Ribadu & Co. likely studied in China or North Korea; as they continue to show a shocking ignorance of Nigeria’s inherited legal system. The English common law in this country puts the burden of proof on the prosecution and the legal standard remains that evidence must be adduced beyond a treasonable doubt. That is Criminal Law 101. It is a shame that the EFCC, whose leadership curiously remains the preserve of Northern Police Officers, don’t seem to be guided by these basic knowledge of the law. Or could be they would rather prefer Saudi-style Sharia Law for them to give short shrift to the accused and have them beheaded in the public square. Sorry, wrong country. Who would have thought the day would come that a Nuhu Ribadu will have the effrontery to accuse a legal giant of the stature of Ben Nwabueze, father of Constitutional Law in Nigeria, of corruption? The latter’s sin is that he would not allow a half-baked ABU graduate to railroad suspects to jail.

    • share Idea

      Are you not amazed the reason why so many Nigerians believed that GEJ did not fight corruption while Buhari’s charade is being hailed as fighting corruption even when evidences available points to GEJ’s scientific mode of fighting corruption yielding more positive results than media trial of this administration.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      “”””From Ribadu to now Magu, the mindset of our EFCC Chiefs remains that their word should be sufficient to obtain convictions against anyone they charge for corruption”””””. Well said.

    • jayjay

      Well said sir.
      The painful thing is the damage these people have done to the mind of Nigerians.

  • Decimator

    In any case; breaking up the Nigerian enclave is now only difficult, Says Mohammadu Buhari himself, but no more impossible. We hope in earnest that the tension will soon be over, possibly to be replaced by healthy competition.

    Ever becoming clearer that there is no Nation called Nigeria.

    • share Idea

      Aptly stated my dear.

  • isioku

    As a lawyer, Mr. Ribadu ought to know better than to accuse Prof. Ben Nwabueze SAN of trying to scuttle anti-corruption efforts just because he did his job as a lawyer by taking a brief to challenge the powers of the EFCC vis a vis the 1999 Constitution. If anything, he should be thanking him for creating an opportunity for a judicial validation of the powers of the EFCC. Just like litigants flock to Falana or Keyamo for human rights cases, litigants flock to Prof. Nwabueze on constitutional matters. The Supreme Court and many African countries he helped write their constitutions still consult his books on constitutional law to resolve constitutional issues. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost constitutional lawyer. He was therefore an easy choice when many states of the Federation including Lagos State led by Tinubu decided to challenge the powers of the EFCC under OBJ to investigate and prosecute corrupt practices in the states of the federation without domestication of the Act by each state. Is Ribadu suggesting that laws should not be tested by the Constitution? Ribadu did not inform his audience that EFCC nearly lost that case if the Supreme Court did not employ a rear application of Sec. 15 of the Constitution which is unjusticiable. For the first time in our legal history, the Supreme Court relied on a non-justiciable provision of the Constitution to validate an Act. He did not also inform his audience that FG was rattled by that suit because the governors had briefed Prof before the FG leaving the FG to “manage” a defence. All the other lawyers he praised had one time represented and still represent corruption suspects. Osibanjo’s lawfirm was in the initial team of lawyers that defended Akingbola of Intercontinental Bank. Tayo Oyetibo was among the team of lawyers defending Atuche of Bank PHB and currently defends Tompolo! Kanu Agabi is currently lead Counsel for Saraki at CCT! Would he now say that these lawyers support corruption because they defend corruption suspects? Pray! There seems to be poor understanding of work of lawyers by many commentators here. A lawyer is forbidden by rules of the profession to turn down a brief. A lawyer can be derobbed for turning down a brief unless within acceptable limit. Prof. Ben Nwabueze remains a towering figure with an unblemished record of practice and scholarship in Nigeria and beyond. He single handedly wrote constitutions of over 4 countries and always a reference point on knotty constitutional issues in Nigeria. His legal opinions are constantly sought for by Govt. and its agencies when faced with constitutional issues. No Nigerian has written more constitutional books than him. It’s therefore, most unfortunate that a hopeless bunch of unlettered and uncivilised tribal bigots are exploiting Ribadu’s arrogant ignorance to cast aspersions on Prof. and the Igbo.

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      AAAandoaakaaaaa still holds the record!

    • Mufu Ola

      U see yourself how u turned a simple case into Igbo affair. What has Ribadu’s genuine accusation against Nwabueze got to do with Igbo race?When will u people abandon your persecution & inferiority complex? In any case “helping many” African countries to write their constitutions doesn’t mean he cannot commit atrocities. Which he had been doing with glee. Defending a client is one thing. Strongly undermining noble policies is another. Afterall some lawyers defend armed robbers & murderers but their body language & conduct doesn’t portray them as supporting the crimes. Nwabueze even outside the courtrooms have several times cast all sort of aspersions on the war against corruption even before the present administration. But he’s one of those people who will be shouting “we hate corruption but…..” Infact he was one of the very first people who started accusations of “selective” fighting of corruption against Buhari govt before it gained ground among the looters & their agents. And he gave several press interviews dismissing the war against corruption. Are those in the courtrooms as you want us to believe that he was merely defending his clients. Somebody like the late Gani will never go about defending corrupt people not to talk vigorously undermining the efforts of those fighting it under the guise of “Professor of Constitutional Law”. The man have not been setting good examples even in old age.

      • imagine_2012

        Buhari’s fight is selective. If you fail to recognize it, then you are the one with the problem. Gani would always defend the law and Nwabueze is right in challenging any breach of the constitution.

        • Mufu Ola

          Nwabueze wasn’t defending the constitution. He has his own agenda if u’ve been monitoring his activities.He’s a parochial man even at his age.I’ve studied him enough.

          • imagine_2012

            Kindly name the Nigerian that is not parochial, please?

          • imagine_2012

            Could you list just two people you know who aren’t parochial in your opinion?

      • iwe paul

        All you just wrote now is absolute nonsense. The writer you seem to be replying to was writing for the audience in this forum,some who already insinuated that it was only Igbos that like and favour corruption because Ribadu mentioned Pro Ben Nwabueze’s name as one of those who in his imagination thwarted the efforts of the EFCC. I wonder how Prof Ben Nwabueze translates into the entire Igbo race,as disgusting as that sounds. Isioku, who you replied to was not the one turning a “simple case” to use your description of this issue into an “Igbo” affair. It was earlier respondents who did that if you have the patience to go through earlier responses. Secondly,it is not an offence for a lawyer to defend allegedly corrupt individuals,cases must be proven in court to avoid rogue elements from turning our society into an animal farm . i will presume you understand my previous sentence.

    • share Idea

      Thanks for your apt comment. It is really unfortunate the kind people that parade themselves as role models in our society

    • jayjay

      Well said sir

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    In my opinion, There are various degrees of being a stalwart of corruption, promoting and ensuring that endemic corruption thrives. An ‘A‘ means excellent, a ‘C‘ means mediocre and a ‘P‘ means a pass. Mr. AAAandoaakaaaaa, with the highest A’s in his name, described by Mr. Soyinka as a man that speaks from the two sides of his mouth and now a bona fide member of APC, another organisation with an ‘A‘, a ‘P‘ for pass and a ‘C‘ for average in corruption, has done more to promote corruption than any member of the government.

    AAAandoaakaaaaa played the classic game of lying low and thus evading accounting for your crime. Stay low, then join the party in power. Even Ribadu speaking, If we avoid defining corruption within a narrow frame, your actions in moving from party to party is highly reprehensible. Now you have no pride to hold onto. I can never forget your own ‘to and fro’ speech, when EFCC EXPOSED Madam P, but you came to us Nationally and said Madam P was never under your searchlight! That was a shocker. You played your part but positive and negative, and you now need a lot of time for full rehabilitation!

  • Xobrandy

    @FirecloudOFGOD:disqus

    That is why President Buhari quietly or perhaps secretly hauled one (1)
    billion Naira from the Central Bank into the waiting hands of Brigadier Buba
    Marwa last year July – within 60 days of Buhari resuming office, as if the
    purpose of the 2015 election was to illicitly enrich Brigadier Buba Marwa under
    the table. Such a country is a bad country where half the populace is wickedly
    excluded from a pursuit of happiness.

    • Mekus

      I am beginning to have serious doubt. President Buhari is looking like a wrong man for the job.
      There is no fight against corruption going on in Nigeria under President Muhamadu Buhari.
      All that is going on is wheeling and dealing in series of negotiations with treasury thieves.
      That is not how to fight corruption – as over a trillion Naira is even missing under Buhari.

      • Absolutely Sane

        Why would you allow some foolishly concocted propaganda by some unrepentant tribalist move you in a wrong direction? First thing you need to know is that when thieves are caught, there excuse always comes with “what did you do when Lagbaja did same?”. As a matter of fact, did the thieves actually commit the crime being held for? Yes, of course, they did but just trying to catch straw while drowning. It is in this light that you begin to read unsubstantiated concocted story like Buhari gave Marwa money. Candid advice to you brother, never you be a victim of propaganda.

  • marc umeh

    As it was yesterday , so it is today. Lawyers are the mother of corruption in Nigeria. Set up a tribunal to try corrupt people and sentence them if guilty.
    Buhari is NOT fighting corruption. He gave up a long time ago

  • Gary

    PT, stop being partisan by trying to censor comments you don’t like on a matter of public debate. Nuhu Ribadu must not be allowed to sully the name of a great Nigerian unchallenged.
    No respectable medium censors free speech so live up to the international awards you’ve received for journalism.

  • easyman16

    I’ve being saying it over the years, the problem of nigeria is first the judiciary system without the judiciary being sanitized the country is going no where In the fight against corruption.

  • CEO

    For a number of reasons, Nuhu Ribadu sounds very confused to me. By naming everyone he claims to have frustrated his efforts in fighting corruption, it appears he deliberately omitted Yar’Adua for obvious reasons. Was it not his government that removed him from office as EFCC’s Chairman? Doesn’t anyone remember how Ribadu was dispatched to NIPSS, Kuru for an impromptu course, and how Larmode became the acting chairman until the appointment of Farida Waziri. How many times did Ribadu cry out to the press then, complaining that his life was under threat? Didn’t Yar’Adua dismiss him from service? How can Nuhu Ribadu have forgotten all these so soon, or is he suffering from the early stages of dementia? If that is the case, then it started a long time ago. Nuhu Ribadu claimed that he attended Nigerian Law School, and was called to bar, a claim that not even Gani Fawehinmi(his idol) was able to verify. According to Gani, Nigerian Law School has no record of Nuhu Ribadu. As at the time Gani spoke about this, Ribadu’s name was still not on Gani’s law reports. Not even Ahmadu Bello University was able to confirm Ribadu’s qualifications in that regard. Could it then be that all of that has changed?
    Equally disturbing is the deliberate omission of Obasanjo’s name from his list. This was the man that Ribadu agreed was a corrupt person, but refused to investigate, on the flimsy excuse that Obasanjo’s corruption level was tolerable. It is still not clear what empirical analysis Ribadu used to determine corruption levels, but one thing clearly stood out during his term, his befitting nickname, “Obasanjo’s attack dog.” Do we even begin to talk about the Atiku angle? WHAT IS WRONG WITH RIBADU?
    A man who bought a house in a choice part of Abuja, claiming to have got financial assistance from his father-in-law, who was a retired university professor, really? One thing is clear, with his unbridled loquaciousness, Ribadu has set up himself for scrutiny. It would be interesting to see how he stands up to it.
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    • Gary

      Nope, you will never see them go after their fellow Northerners with the same vitriol and venom reserved for the “infidels” from the South. That is why the current narrative is that GEJ presided over the most corrupt government in Nigeria. Forget that the monies allegedly looted were just partially recovered sums from the unknown billions salter away by Abacha, the thief who rehabilitated Buhari with the PTF. Nobody talks about IBB’s Gulf War windfall loot anymore and Abdulsalam Abubakar did not loot CBN.
      The government has stoutly resisted calls to publish the full list of those from whom it has recovered public funds. But we only hear of Metuh, Obanikoro as if only Southerners engaged in corruption.
      Now Ribadu is taking it to another level by naming Ben Nwabueze as corrupt, when the whole country is well aware of the sleazy antecedents and incompetence of the current AGF Abubakar Malami.

      • share Idea

        Thanks for your comment. Did you not see the list, Igbos (Ben Nwabueze) frustrated anti-corruption fight while SW supported his fight. Simply because Nwabueze enlightened the nation on the unconstitutionality of Obasanjo’s attempt to sack Atiku – which resulted in supreme court upholding his view.

        I have never seen anywhere a citizen availing himself or herself constitutional means (court) in seeking protection and redress amounts to frustrating government anti-corruption war.

        Just like charade Buhari is currently doing in the name of fighting corruption. When will Nigerians understand that the era of substituting legal ways with moral ways does not always hold water under democratic system.

        Take the case of Abmutallab (under pant bomber) even when caught red handed, the US government did not sleep on their duties but still presented credible evidence that led to his conviction.

        • Burbank

          Just like the Guantanamo detainess were convicted by courts of law and those villages destroyed by Obama’s drones!

    • utolason

      Oh dear! Did you really read and understand Ribadu speech? He was talking about “EFCC effectiveness”, not about “Ribadu”. In order words, he wasn’t talking about himself and the suffering he went through but the anti-corruption war.

      • Right Minded

        So u think that being dismissed from the Police force and removed as EFCC chairman didnt affect EFCC effectiveness? You think his life being threatened and how he had to abscond into asylum aren’t enough reasons why EFCC couldn’t perform effectively? Ribadu is just trying to buy back the supports he lost after loosing the gov’ship election in Adamawa State. He is just a typical two-mouthed politician.

      • Karl Imom

        He is either confused or is an outright pathological liar. Regardless of whatever he was talking about, facts that are on records in Nigerian media do not support his story.

    • Nkem

      Where is your source for the allegations you are making. Can you please provide a source for all the fiction you have written here?

      • iwe paul

        Fiction? Are you alright? You probably weren’t born when all that CEO wrote happened in Nigeria. Why don’t you just google and search what he just wrote, because the terrible things Ribadu did as EFCC chairman will continue to haunt him till his dying days. Sadly,he appears to know it now. If he could not mention Yaradua, then his thesis is warped on this issue. Anti-corruption cruasader!!!!!!!

        • Mufu Ola

          One day Google will tell you u’re not the son of your father the way u people are going this google, google issue.So you people can’t reason rationally until you google?

      • CEO

        If you were a toddler between 1999 and 2007, then you need not participate in this discussion at all.

  • Babrutus

    What will listing names do? Don’t we have enough worries already?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    I remember that Ribadu said, in the hallowed precincts of the National Assembly, that the dimension of Bola Tinubu’s corruption is “international”. How come he associated and worked closely with Tinubu when he moved (like Yo Yo) between PDP and APC? I take his story with a pinch of salt.

  • Aloy Kris

    I was hoping to see Itse Sage’s name on the roll call of those who supported the anti-corruption war, but alas, it was nowhere to be found… Yet he’s making all sorts of noise today as if he was at the forefront of this crusade!!! We know his past, so let him keep dancing naked in public…

    • tundemash

      Did his name appear among those who also tried to frustrate the anti-corruption war ? Do u also think that Ribadu’s is exhaustive ?
      We know why you, ethnic bigots, are frustrated with Prof. Itse Sagay; he decided to work for Buhari ! Nothing beyond that. Keep hurting.

      • Julius

        You are reading these fools right bro. Anybody that likes or work with Buhari is their enemy but, they will love you if you are against him. Ibos love Fayose just for that reason.

    • Nkem

      Itse Sagay has been a friend of corrupt people. If Buhari did not give him appointment, he would be criticizing Buhari for doing ‘selective justice’.

    • blackdove

      Since you don’t know the Prof’s history of fighting military dictatorships including that under Buhari’s; then I suggest you don’t make assumptions.
      Professor Sagay is not a paper weight.

  • Karl Imom

    Ribadu is always self-aggrandizing. The Halliburton case was taken away from EFCC and handed over to private lawyers by Mr. Adoke, the Attorney General of Nigeria, not Mrs. Farida. EfCC is answerable to the Office of Attorney General, so Mr. Adoke used his powers to take most lucrative cases away from EFCC. I am surprised he did not even mention Mr. Adoke in his list of those tried to destroy EFCC. He set aside the Halliburton case on Obasanjo’s orders because it involved top PDP officials and retired military generals. Mr. Ribadu is pathological liar.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      As for “prosecuting Obasanjo’s political opponents”, the question to ask is: Did those “political opponents” engage in corrupt practices or not?

      • Karl Imom

        Remember, it was EFCC under Ribadu that banned many Obasanjo’s political opponents from contesting elections in 2007, including Mr. Abubakar Atiku. Atiku took them all the way to supreme court, and the court ruled that EFCC had no powers to ban anybody from contesting for any political office in the country.

        • Tonnero

          We know you must be an Igbo man. How many Igbo names were cited for supporting EFCC? You guys are too comfortable with corruption and making excuses for corrupt people. Shame on you all.

          • Karl Imom

            Not really. I am not an Igbo man. I am from Konshisha Local Government in Benue State. Ribadu is himself too corrupt to be a spokesperson for the anti-corruption war. Beside lack of honesty, his mouth is a double-edge saw depending on which political party he wants to join next. Once an individual identifies himself with a political party, that individual can never be a good EFCC Chairman. That was Ribadu’s problem. He was a PDP die-hard when he was in office.

    • Nkem

      It is people like you that has made the country the way it is today. Very corrupt. You support corruption because you are very corrupt. It is only a man who is very corrupt that will support corrupt people like Atiku.

    • Julius

      People like you will always make excuses for these corrupt people. It was Obj’s political opponents, now its Buhari’s political opponents. So none of the indicted people did anything wrong ?

      • Karl Imom

        His famous victims were IGP, Tafa Balogun and VP Abubakar Atiku. Who else did he go after?

        • Julius

          So, they did nothing wrong. Right ?

  • vay

    Ribadu for president

    • tundemash

      A man who flip-flops between two opposing parties in desperation to get a position would lead you astray; stop falling for rhetorics.

      • Noble

        Yes you may be right.I concur with you.

      • Julius

        Yes, he lost me when he was doing that. But, I believe most of what he is saying now. Jonathan tried his best to destroy efcc by pretending he didn’t know what was going on, in other word, he turned blind eyes on corruption. Here we are now with all these cases coming out.

  • Hah!

    Prof. Ben Nwabueze not only wanted the downfall of EFCC as an Institution but the whole project called Nigeria. No wonder the old man is always angry and confused. And so shall it be until the end of his life.

    • Noble

      amen

    • wonderboi

      You are absolutely right, there is something i can’t put my hands on about that man, if you remember he was one of people who wrote Nigeria constitution during Abacha regime and during Jonathan constitutional conference he was a fierce critics & leading voice that oppose the so-called Military constitution

    • Factsay

      hatred runs in your blood. What has Prof Nwabueze has to do with this?

      Ribadu is as bad as Waziri. He was a puppet used by OBJ to witchhunt his opponents – that doesnt mean he didnt do any good work, but Waziri did same too.

      Ribadu himself was corruptly appointed to head EFCC as he did not have the required qualifications

  • Factsay

    Ribadu go and hide. You were a puppet and a corrupt person like Waziri and others. None of you have ever accounted for the money you claimed to have recovered.

    You accused and critized Waziri of making use of private lawyers, but ended up praising Falana, Kanu Agabi and others for handling cases for you. Is that not contradictory? Are those lawyers staffs of EFCC? Did they do the work for free?

  • Customer Satisfaction

    Wonderful…so going to court to determine the rights/powers of (a) person or an agency means being corrupt??? My thought is some of the people that head our regulatory or enforcement agencies are brain lazy and dumb. They just want their assumptions/allegations to be alpha and omega. The other day AGF said NJC requested a sworn affidavit be attached to petitions, and rather than do that he ordered DSS to invade private dwellings of the accused. We need to decide if we desire to work with our laws and not sidestep them at any stage just to massage our ego.

    • Tamuno

      So you would have preferred for the DSS to beg the suspects to bring the evidence to the DSS office. Nice try. DSS did what happens in every country of the world. Get with it.

  • Excisionist

    HALF TRUTH !
    How about those you deposed you and sent you back to school?
    What about those who wanted to KILL you?
    Are you shielding them and to what purpose?

    Rather than dishing out half truths and lies wont it be better for you to shut up, Mr. Ribadu

    • josephameh

      But if Ribadu had mentioned any of his personal cases, you would still argue that he was on vengeance mission. Am sure you were disappointed you did not get any means to attack him. He does not need to mention his personal case. He was matured enough.

      • Excisionist

        @disqus_mXdhg4C6ed:disqus josephemeh
        “Personal cases” ?. You just said nothing
        He was removed by those who wanted to obstruct the fight against corruption. That is what this discussion is about – obstruction of fight against corruption. The Insensitive northern jihadist elites feel that it is their right to loot the national treasury at will. Throughout history no one ever touched or challenged them. They were the sacred cows of Nigeria.

        When Ribadu dared them they immediately removed him when they had the opportunity. Not only that, they tried to kill him in order to forever silence him.

        From the way Ribadu is talking in recent times you can only imagine that he made a deal with them in order to keep his head on his shoulder. That’s it my friend

  • Tonnero

    Read through the comments and, once again, you will see Igbo people lining up to condemn Ribadu and making excuses for those accused of corruption. Crazy people. Notice that the only Igbo man mentioned by Ribadu (Kanu Agabi is from Cross River) was busy trying to scuttle the work of EFCC. The Igbo are so comfortable with corruption that you can only conclude they thrive in it. Crazy people, I tell you.

    • Gary

      I’m not Igbo but if it takes only Igbos to stand up for the truth against ethnic-motivated bigotry and defamation against a man like Ben Nwabueze, then it shows just far the country has to go. Since the legal giant is of stronger character than the likes of Bola Tinubu that Yorubas reflexively defend, despite being named as corrupt by this same Nuhu Ribadu.
      Again I ask, if his last name was not Ribadu, can anyone please justify the claim to fame of this Police DSP who became EFCC Chairman and his track record at the agency for which he became lionized by the gullible media?
      Truth be told, Nuhu Ribadu cannot match the CV or integrity of most of us on this forum. Nor even that of the suborned media that vaulted a mediocre Policeman into cult hero and presidential candidate. But for federal character and inferiority complex of my Southern brethren.
      He now has the temerity to attack a man who had made a name for himself in the Law before he, Nuhu Ribadu, was born.

      • Mr-LAW

        Imagine Ribadu telling us a lawyer as Ben was most powerful in the nation then, than Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, (AGF,) . Who are most corrupt leaders in Nigeria today than Tinubu, and Obasanjo . yorubas will never see their own as corrupt . living criminal legends in Nigeria .
        Igbos are their nightmares.

  • Curseless

    The Blackman syndrome have reared it’s head again reading through most of the comments posted. Instead of calling a spade a spade and let the thief know that he or she is a thief everyone is spinning this revelation from Ribadu to defend his own ethnic group or identity. In Nigeria a thief is legitimately a thief as long as he/she is not from my ethnic group type of warped thinking even when the hands of these thieves are caught in the cookies jar many still defend the indefensible. Take away ethnic bigotry among black men and most of our problems can be solved. Yes, Ribadu’s lamentation may have some “K” legs but until any of his claims can be disproved every one should just chill out and take time to think seriously about the damage the people mentioned have caused us collectively. This is one reason why the West believe that no black nation can evolve under the sun. The crab in the barrel syndrome is true indeed!

    • Gary

      Stop trying to obfuscate issues here. He who alleges must prove is a maxim of the Law. Ribadu cannot defame people at a public forum and then folks like you come out to put the onus on the defamed to prove their innocence.

      Summon the courage to stand up for what is right, insteadjng of muddying the waters about some K-leg in Rbadu’s baseless charges to bring himself back into relevance. He can lobby for a job without smearing the reputations of others.

      • Curseless

        The attempt here is not to confuse issues or make a charge against anyone for that matter. However, facts are stubborn things and this is to say that anytime someone is charged for stealing even in the face of evidence ethnic sentiment rear its head in Nigeria. Let facts be told, that even as we speak corrupt elements in Nigeria with facts and evidence stacked against them in courts continue to enjoy the unwarranted support of their ethnic group protesting and shouting themselves hoarse crying foul. When will this nonsense stop? It is very mischievious to ignore the facts. Corruption is celebrated by all ethnic groups in Nigeria except those that Christ have delivered from this way of life. It is a collective failure, I might add.

  • Kuku Timothy

    Why now?

  • Decimator

    Listen to Mohammadu Buhari on Corruption through his Autobiographer John Paden;

    “In addition, a number of senior military officers who had served as head of state – from Babangida to Abubakar – seemed off limits. Indeed, rumours swirled that if the probes went after senior officers, they might push back, because they had extensive networks in the active military services.
    “At the same time, the knowledge such heavy weights possessed could well be traded for immunity, and would help to illuminate the patterns and sources of corruption”.

    Here is the man who today claimed to be fighting corruption to stand steal shamelessly exchanging the looting and corrupt practices of him and his fellow former military heads of state for their immunity to probe and basically awarding himself
    and them integrity.
    Among these former military Heads of state was Olusegun Obasanjo who set up the EFCC and installed Ribadu as its head. The same Obasanjo went further and boldly made it clearer when he said “If you probe me, Nigeria will explode”.

    Now Ribadu can dig further if all he said above is to him why the Anticorruption campaign was not yielding the desired fruits then and even now.

    By the way;is auditing the National treasury over the past years of the countries existence not a more credible fact for any prosecution that random name calling and suspicion, as the prosecutors at the end of the day must make their case?

  • Excisionist

    @disqus_mXdhg4C6ed:disqus josephameh

    “Personal cases” ?. You just said nothing

    He was removed by those who wanted to obstruct the fight against corruption. That is what this discussion is about – obstruction of fight against corruption. The Insensitive northern jihadist elites feel that it is their right to loot the national treasury at will. Throughout history no one ever touched or challenged them. They were the sacred cows of Nigeria.

    When Ribadu dared them they immediately removed him when they had the opportunity. Not only that, they tried to kill him in order to forever silence him.

    From the way Ribadu is talking in recent times you can only imagine that he made a deal with them in order to keep his head on his shoulder. That’s it my friend

  • Sir Louis

    This Ribadu for all he is worth likes to portray himself as a clean person while every one else is corrupt! He should respond to the statement by Mrs Farida Waziri, who succeeded him at the EFCC. It seems Ribadu himself has corruption related cases to answer if a probe is opened on his controversial tenure at the EFCC. He should spare us his incessant lamentation and name- calling.