Sending Ribadu On Compulsory Course Is Politically Motivated –– SERAP

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has criticised the decision by the inspector-general of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, to send Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a one-year compulsory course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), in Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, describing it as “illegal and politically motivated”.

The Nigeria Police authorities on Thursday, announced the posting of Mr Ribadu, insisting that the course would help develop him for challenges ahead, and that this was not influenced by any political consideration.

But SERAP, in a statement dated 28 December, 2007 and signed by its executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni which was made available to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, stated, “Coming at a time when the EFCC is going after the mighty and powerful in the society, and those very close to the Yar’Adua government, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the purported posting is implicitly a removal, done in bad faith and politically motivated. But the posting also raises important legal questions, and casts doubts on the expressed commitment of the Yar’Adua administration to the fight against corruption in the country.”

According to the group, “The EFCC Act is very clear that only the president, and not the inspector-general of Police can remove the head of the EFCC, but even then, this is conditional on the terms of the Act, among which are the inability to discharge the functions of his office, misconduct, or when the removal is justified on public interest grounds. It would appear in this instance that the posting of Ribadu is done outside the EFCC legal framework and therefore, illegal.

“While no single individual is indispensable in the fight against corruption, the manner and timing of the posting of Ribadu is not consistent with the professed commitment of the Yar’Adua government to the basic tenets of the rule of law and transparency. It is also an affront to the anti-corruption provisions of the 1999 constitution and the UN Convention against corruption, which Nigeria has ratified,” the group added.

According to the group, “The UN Convention obligates states’ parties to strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption more efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that national anti-corruption institutions such as the EFCC are granted the necessary independence, as well as human and material resources, to enable them carry out their functions effectively and free of any undue influence. Continuing executive interference would prevent the full implementation of these provisions in reality.”

The group asked the Yar’Adua government to re-commit itself to the fight against corruption, and publicly assure Nigerians that he would genuinely tackle political corruption and address the impunity of perpetrators in the country.

“Because corruption is well entrenched in Nigeria, fighting it involves, most importantly, being ready and able to confront powerful interest groups that clearly benefit from the status quo and resist any such initiatives. Removing the head of an important anti-corruption institution on flimsy pretexts and at a time when the fight against corruption has gained momentum would send a wrong message to everyone in the country that it is virtually certain that the corrupt, especially those close and influential within the government, would not be punished,” the group concluded.


– Leadership


6 responses to “Sending Ribadu On Compulsory Course Is Politically Motivated –– SERAP

  1. Ribadu’s removal is sad for Nigeria and will tarnish Nigeria’s image abroad. It is just another cover up by the IGP to send Ribadu to a course he is just fulfilling the wishes of the corrupt Nigerian officials, ex-governors and those who looted Nigeria’s wealth. The main aim is to kill him and that is why they are sending him to Kuru. In Kuru he will be exposed to all sort of dangers. It will be easier for them to kill him there either by food poisoning or drink he will not be with his security guards in Kuru. This reminds us of how they killed IDIAGBON, who was another tough Nigerian just like RIBADU. For safety reasons it is better for Ribadu to leave Nigeria now, if not they will kill him one way or the other. This thieves in Nigeria are dirty and dangerous they are capable of doing anything and walk away free there is nobody who can protect him in Nigeria the police they themselves are the assassins who carry out all the dirty jobs. The corrupt govt officials, ex-governors, all the thieves who looted Nigeria’s wealth, are afraid that Ribadu in the future will still rise again to probe all of them. Fellow Nigerians please take note the hidden agenda here is to KILL RIBADU. YOU PEOPLE SHOULD THINK WHY HE MUST GO TO KURU. THAT IS WHERE THEY WILL


    Emans Holland

  2. if they kill him so be it he is not the only human being in nigeria , we have about 120 million Ribadus even better than him he should go to hell and burn to ashes who cares?………….. german boy

  3. Good talk Bashiru As .
    Nobody is indespensable.The only way we can know that he is not hiding anything is if he is not EFCC chairman.If he doesnt have any skeleton in his cupboard, then he has nothing to worry about.Time will tell.
    Its only in Nigeria that people dont go for for leave. We must change the culture.

  4. Dr. Chinwike Justice Oke-Nwosu

    Nigeira is a land of rumour mongers! It is hard to know the truth as different interests groups churn out propanganda to justify individual group interests.

    It is hard for someone like me not living in Nigeria to be certain who is telling the truth! It is clear to me however that Mr. Ribadu did some good works. But failure to extend his anticorruption beam in corners harboured by Obasanjo and his cronies makes one to doubt whether he was truely unbiased umpire.

  5. I really hate to believe that that Nigeria will cease to exist nor the sun appear in the morning because a young man named Ribadu has been asked to go back to school and may be improve mimself.
    I can ot count that many Nigerians from my area that would not be grateful for the opportunity but who is counting. I am happy that he did not drop dead so now that he is still alive, Nigeria can continue to ‘survive’.
    I guess I should apologize for speaking in parables but I will not.

  6. Removing Ribadu, was like removing the anti- from anti-corruption.

    Is it suprising to anyone?

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