President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua this afternoon approved the removal of the Chairman of the anti graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu when he consented to a the Inspector General of police plan to send all Assistant Inspector General of Police on a compulsory one year study at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), in Kuru near Jos.
Malam Nuhu Ribadu is an Assistant Inspector General of Police and was seconded to head EFCC from the Police force by former President Olusegun Obasanjo when the agency was created.
A national daily, The Tribune has reported yesterday that, “IG orders Ribadu to proceed on 1-yr course.”
According to the newspaper, “While away in Jos, where he is expected to be fully engrossed in the course on a full-time basis while an acting chairman would be appointed from the police, with a commissioner of police from the SouthWest, already penciled in.
“Sources further revealed that the leadership of the police moved to give vent to the plot when the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, wrote to Ribadu, seeking a meeting with him on the planned course.”
Source close to The Times of Nigeria said Ribadu was incensed at what he called “ploys to remove him from office through the back door.”
“This plan is not new, we have been aware of for quite sometime now. What is new is that the President has approved it if indeed he has approved it.” A source close to Ribadu told The Times of Nigeria today.
During the meeting between the IG, Mike Okiro and Ribadu, tempers was said to have flared when the IG officially presented the offer to proceed on course to Ribadu. Ribadu allegedly stormed out of the meeting after telling Okiro he had no power to redeploy him.
“Only the President can redeploy. You can’t do that.” Ribadu was said to have told Okiro.
Okiro was said to have taken his case to President Yar’Adua who sided with him and told him to proceed with his plan. Armed with the President’s backing, Okiro today issued an official memo to that effect.
The Times of Nigeria learnt that President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua gave the IG’s plan to redeploy Ribadu and all those of the same rank his final seal of approval this afternoon and the IG, Mike Okiro immediately released a statement to that effect to all affected officers including the EFCC chairman.