Wake Up From Your Slumber, Ribadu Tells ICPC
A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, says the EFCC has done fairly well.
Ribadu, who stated this at a town hall meeting organised by the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation in Abuja, on Monday, however, advised the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and the police to wake up from their slumber.
At the meeting tagged, “A spanner in the wheel of corruption,” Ribadu said the number of graft cases in the country was high.
He stated, “The EFCC alone has over 3,800 ongoing corruption cases in the courts, not to talk of other cases.
“They (EFCC) have done fairly well. You need to see what these people go through to get one case to court. It is hell because some people will do everything possible to make sure you don’t drag them to court. They (EFCC operatives) do not even sleep.
“Let the ICPC wake up from its slumber and start doing something too; same with government’s ministries. There are lots of government’s agencies that are not doing anything to support the fight against corruption.
“The Nigeria Police Force should also wake up and do what the EFCC is doing; same with the other law enforcement agencies and the judiciary. Why are we not getting the convictions in the corruption cases? They have a role to play as well.”
Making further clarifications on his comments at the event, Ribadu, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, said, “What I am saying is that we all, as Nigerians, must contribute our individual quota to the war against corruption. It is not something that should be left for the EFCC alone. The ICPC, the police, individuals and groups should take up the fight in order for it to succeed.”
At the event, the former EFCC chairman said the country had recorded achievements in the anti-graft war.
He stated, “Nigeria is the only country that has successfully recovered stolen money taken abroad. Other countries in Africa and other places have tried but they never succeeded.”
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Mr. Waziri Adio, said Nigeria should first tackle institutional graft to solve the problem of corruption.
On his part, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, stated that only an institutionalised approach to the anti-corruption crusade by the current administration could guarantee success.
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