My Removal From EFCC was a Ploy To Help James Ibori – Nuhu Ribadu
“We saw that corruption fought back at the end of 2007 in Nigeria when corruption took over, when the leadership of Nigeria embraced corruption and they were ready to fight those who were fighting corruption and replaced those who were fighting corruption with corrupt people to turn things upside down.
“Nigerians must remember that it was (Michael) Aondoakaa who was the Attorney-General of the Federation as at that time. I don’t need to say anything in addition.”
Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Sunday said he was removed from office in order to destroy the anti-graft agency.
He said his removal came a few days after operatives of the EFCC arrested and charged an ex-Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori, to court for corruption.
Ribadu, who spoke on Frontline, a current affairs programme on the African Independent Television, said he pitied the current leadership of the commission.
Ribadu said, “When I was removed from the EFCC, they brought people with the intention to destroy the work of the EFCC. It is easy to destroy than to build. I pity the people who are in EFCC today because they are coming after the people who destroyed it.”
He said the commission under Waziri was able to do this for three years with the connivance of Aondoakaa and people like Ibori.
He said it was unfortunate that the then Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, nominated him for a course at the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies when he took Ibori to court.
“Suddenly, five days after I charged him (Ibori) to court, I was asked to go to NIPSS, Kuru. It was Okiro who did that. Of course, he did not do that alone,” Ribadu added.
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