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Aondoakaa, Nwabueze tried to destroy EFCC, says Ribadu

Aondoakaa, Nwabueze tried to destroy EFCC, says Ribadu
December 02
20:32 2016
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Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the agenda of Michael Aondoakaa, former attorney-general of the federation, was to destroy the anti-corruption commission and frustrate the war against corruption.

Ribadu was the pioneer chairman of the EFCC, serving between 2003 and 2007.

While presenting a paper at the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by the Joe Kyari Gadzama Law Chambers in Abuja, he alleged that Aondoakaa attempted to take away the powers of prosecution from the EFCC but failed.

Ribadu also said that senior lawyers did “serious damage to the war against corruption”.

According to him, cases that they started prosecuting almost 10 years ago have still not gone anywhere because lawyers frustrated them.

“I still recall with amazement and shock how some very senior lawyers made it a duty upon themselves to bring down the EFCC and stop the work we were doing,” Ribadu said

“Many of them, like Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN), teamed up with politicians to wage a very serious propaganda to discredit the work we were doing. One thing that also did a serious damage to the war against corruption was the active connivance of some senior lawyers who represented the governors we charged to courts after the 2007 election.‎

“It is on record that we charged the former governors of Jigawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Enugu, Ekiti, Delta, Abia and Edo States as the first set of ex-governors to face prosecution. However, almost 10 years after, most of the cases have not gone anywhere because of deliberate action by lawyers to frustrate the trials. ‎

“Take the case of Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, whose most cardinal agenda as the AGF seemed to be destroying EFCC by every means possible and frustrating all the cases.

“In that regard, he attempted to take over the prosecutorial powers of the commission, which would have rendered the EFCC into a toothless bulldog. But of course we resisted.‎

“We did all the work and took the investigation to a very advanced stage, but the case was handed over to private lawyers who connived with some officials to feather their nests from it. The lawyers ended up earning more than even the government, to the anguish of those diligent workers who built the case. That was a very unprofessional practice and against global best practice.”

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  1. Bee
    Bee December 03, 07:41

    There was never a time corruption was being fort in the Nigerian enclave.
    The fool’s paradise autocratic theory of the non-existing one Nigeria Unity being non-negotiable and meriting an indivisible status is summarily the foundation and bedrock of corruption.
    Institute an audit of the national treasury for the past years of the nation’s existence and heads will roll including those of the self-proclaimed saints, best patriots and lovers of their country.

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  2. Logical
    Logical December 03, 08:22

    Aodoaka was an epitome of corruption and he did all he could like Ribadu said to fight those fighting corruption instead of fighting corruption itself.
    A Lawyer turned Rice Miller owes Nigerians explanation of how he came about his stupendous wealth.
    He should be a guest of the EFCC in 2017 because he should not go unpunished and Ribadu should help bring evidence he has against him and his co accomplices Lawyers.
    Same should be for Farida Waziri.
    Those who frustrated justice against Nigerians will one day be brought to justice whether they like it or not.
    For daring the allegedly corrupt Judges and Justices who think that no man can questions their conduct, I think Buhari should be supported to see that any of them found guilty should have some years in prison which they have been sending people to either rightly or wrongly.
    The recent development cinfirmed a Qiranic verse which says:
    “Is it not Allah that will bring Judges and Justices to justice?”
    May be He has started that in Nigeria using Buhari before the day of judgement. We should all be ready to face the consequences of our action.

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