Presidential pardon to Alamieyeseigha is demoralising-Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman, EFCC
Nuhu Ribadu

Mr. Ribadu says the Mr. Alamiyeseigha’s state pardon will kill the morale of anti corruption organizations.

The presidential pardon granted to ex-Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, is demoralizing to those who sacrificed their lives to fight corruption, Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said.

Mr. Alamieyeseigha, a man convicted in 2005 for robbing his state blind and acquiring property well above his income as governor, was on Tuesday granted state pardon by the National Council of States headed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

This singular act of mercy by the president has infuriated many Nigerians making them doubt the president’s commitment to his famous slogan, transformation agenda.

One Nigerian who is embittered by the move is Mr. Ribadu. It was under his dispensation as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2005 that Mr. Alamiyeseigha’s dirty deals and massive stolen asset were brought to the fore. He was also convicted that year after the EFCC’s findings got him in court.

Mr. Ribadu, who spoke to BBC Hausa service, Wednesday, also said the president’s action is a big setback to the fight against corruption.

“I am highly disappointed by the president’s decision,” he said.

Mr. Ribadu added that Mr. Jonathan’s decision to pardon those who were arrested and prosecuted by relevant anti graft agencies sends the wrong signal to those agencies and will kill their morale.

The Council of State on Tuesday granted state pardon to Mr. Alamieyeseigha; Shettima Bulama, another ex-convict prosecuted by the EFCC under Mr. Ribadu for misappropriating money belonging to the then Bank of the North; and others.


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  • Obi Daramola

    What a shameful and disgraceful pardon, Oh poor Nigeria !

    • saka segun

      All the pple that are talking in favour of Gej are paid to do that on the social media , come 2015 we shall see , shameless idiots

  • deri

    Ribadu who introduced selective justice system into our polity should think twice b4 talking in public–I challenge ribadu to name one fulani governor he jailed while in charge of efcc-was ribadu not dashed an oil block by OBJ over his callous treatment of alams-who apart from alams did he send to jail–where is yerima–ribadu it was who locked up lawmakersfrom bayelsa state in toilets to enable them impeach alams. He has no moral right to open his racist lungs to talk–its only in Nigeria that ppl like ribadu who went to work for tinubu-a certificate forger and a man he once described as the biggest rogue in the globe-shame unto your soul ribadu

    • Ben

      You are utterly shameless for coming here to peddle lies about Ribadu. Which oil bloc did OBJ give to him? Does it even occur to you that if he took such a gift that he would not be a free man today because the likes of Ibori would have finished him after OBJ’s tenure? Is it the same Ribadu that rejected Ibori’s $15m cash bribe? Maybe you should ask yourself how come the worst offense they could accuse him of was not declaring his assets. It is good to know they could not accuse him of taking bribes or looting EFCC funds. Maybe Ribadu should have arrested all the governors at one time (with their constitution-backed immunity) so that you would know he was doing his job. Did Alams not rob Bayelsa blind during his tenure? Or maybe Ribadu connived with the British Metropolitan Police to ‘wrongfully’ arrest Alams for money laundering. If you had any pride in you, you would have shut your mouth over this atrocious thing that Jonathan has done instead of letting sentiments becloud your sense of reasoning.

  • Nwakanma

    Nigeria Governments are so corrupt that most times what we see in the papers are,at best half,truths. Other wise, this singular act is enough to nail what ever is left of our anti corruption campaign. But I’m convinced that those who jailed Alamaeyesiah in the first place didn’t tell us all the truth. It may not be wrong to say that there are other personal motives which they may not have told us. He was not the only Governor that stole money. How come he was the only one Jailed.This may have informed the president’s decision. But which ever way we look at it, the import is that we are far from fighting corruption.

    • Enemona

      So what you’re saying is that Alamy should be pardoned until other thieves are also jailed??? With this kind of thinking, there’s no hope for this country.

  • Can someone tell Nuhu Ribadu to shut the hell up..He was the same person, in connivance with obasanjo, introduced this so called selective justice.. May be if he had concentrated on his Job as anti-corruption crusader when he was at the corridors of power, instead of fighting obasanjo’s enemies, folks like alamiesegha wont have been able to justify this shameful presidential pardon granted on them…Also, lest not forget this was the same Ribadu that was pardoned by Jonathan, when he came back to Nigeria and his position as an AIG restored back to him, though jonathan retired him immediately. The plain truth is that he lacks the moral standing to speak on this issue…i do not support the pardon granted to alamiesegha but at the same time Nuhu or whatever he is called should Keep Mute and stop deceiving Nigerians..

    • Enemona

      In order to justify this administration’s stupidity, the army of rented online rent-boys will resort to playing the cheap ethnic/regional card. It’s sad people like Deri have lost their sense of decency for crumbs.

  • TATA

    See who is talking…

  • Easy

    As a man who purports to say it as it is, would you really say that this man was th only corrupt governor in the country during his tenre? Why is it that only two, both of whom are from the SS have been brought to justice? Why did you not pursue the other thieves in your time as the DJ of the EFCC? Could there have been obstacles placed in your way? You once claimed that Tinubu was very corrupt as a governor, yet nothing happened. This man has paid his dues to society unlike the others who are now unreachable to the arm of justice.