– A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed how he survived his tenure at the commission
– Nuhu Ribadu said the whistle-blowing policy helped him while at the EFCC
– He urged Nigerians to Nigerians to remain united and committed to the use of the whistle-blowing policy against corrupt individuals in the country
A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has revealed how the whistle-blowing policy helped him during his tenure as chairman of the commission.
While speaking on Tuesday, November 14, at an event organised by the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) in conjunction with House Committee on Financial Crimes, Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, Ribadu urged Nigerians to embrace the whistle-blowing policy.
The director of AFRICMIL, Chido Onumah, said the event was designed to interrogate the whistle-blowing policy.
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Onumah said: “The event is designed to interrogate the whistle-blower policy and engage critical stakeholders responsible for promotion of the policy and its implementation.”
In his speech, Ribadu said, the tactics of such a policy can by effectively used as a crucial means of combating the deep rooted corruption in Nigeria.
The former anti-corruption czar said the EFCC during his tenure maximised the whistle-blowing policy as a tool in reducing corrupt practices in Nigeria.
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Commending the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for adopting the policy, Ribadu enjoined all citizens to remain united and committed to the use of the whistle-blowing policy against corrupt individuals.
He said: “Uniformity of purpose is needed to fight corruption.”
“Most of our successful cases were as a result of whistle-blowing,” Ribadu added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Itse Sagay, had explained why the federal government is yet to pay the whistle-blower of the Ikoyi mansion recovery.
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Sagay said the payment is being delayed because the whistle-blower needs adequate counselling.
He said the informant probably would have squandered the commission if it was given to him immediately as government plan to pay the whistle-blower in trenches.
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