Ribadu bags global ‘life­time achieve­ment’ award

Weekly Trust - - News - Nathaniel Bi­van Hope Abah Em­manuel, Makurdi

Found­ing chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu has bagged a life­time achieve­ment award on anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign. The award, which was ad­min­is­tered by Qatar-based think-tank, Rule of Law and An­ti­cor­rup­tion Cen­tre (ROLACC), cel­e­brates cor­rup­tion fighters, aca­demics and cam­paign­ers from around the world.

The award cer­e­mony was held on Fri­day at the Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Malaysia.

Malaysian Prime Minister, Ma­hathir Ma­hamad and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani at­tended the cer­e­mony.

Sheikh Al Thani in­sti­tuted the award in sup­port of sup­port of the United Na­tion’s an­ti­cor­rup­tion drive. The award is in four cat­e­gories, with joint win­ners in each cat­e­gory. Each cat­e­gory of the award comes with a cash prize of $250,000.

Ribadu jointly won the life­time/ out­stand­ing achieve­ment cat­e­gory along­side for­mer South African cor­rup­tion fighter and ex-World Bank vice pres­i­dent, Leonardo McCarthy. The hon­ourees were pre­sented with a plague and cer­tifi­cate each by the two lead­ers.

Ribadu was nom­i­nated for the award by the African Cen­tre for Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion Lit­er­acy (AFRICMIL), a civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tion do­ing pi­o­neer­ing work on whistle­blow­ing pol­icy in Nige­ria. His win fol­lowed ap­proval by ROLACC’s High­Level Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee and the board.

In his short ac­cep­tance speech Ribadu de­scribed the award as a trib­ute to per­sons around the world work­ing to curb cor­rup­tion. He paid trib­ute to his col­leagues at the EFCC, some of whom paid the supreme price in their line of duty. He said the award will boost the morale of cor­rup­tion fighters who would come to re­al­ize that their job is not thank­less, af­ter all.

Also hon­oured along­side Ribadu, was Cam­bridge Univer­sity don, Prof Ja­son Shar­man, Dr. RobtelNea­jaiPai­ley of Ox­ford Univer­sity, who won the aca­demic ex­cel­lence cat­e­gory. Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

A16-year-old sec­ondary school stu­dent in Ado Gram­mar School, Ado Ek­iti, Ek­iti State, Mathew Favour, has been hacked to death by an­other stu­dent, Ke­hinde Tim­i­le­hin, us­ing a ma­chete within school premises.

Favour, who was in Se­nior Sec­ondary II, was said to be con­test­ing the ef­fi­cacy of a charm with the sus­pect on who ac­tu­ally had su­pe­rior power, dur­ing which he was stabbed in the chest and later died at the Ek­iti State Univer­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal(EKSUTH), Ado Ek­iti.

Sources told our cor­re­spon­dent on Fri­day that Favour, who was from Kogi State, ac­tu­ally brought the ‘juju’ weapons to school but was killed af­ter the axe and knife wrapped with white and red scarf could not pierce the sus­pect who over­pow­ered him and stabbed him in “self-de­fence.”

The school has now been taken over and bar­ri­caded by po­lice, to fore­stall a pos­si­ble reprisal at­tack em­a­nat­ing from a threat is­sued by the de­ceased’s fam­ily.

Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Ek­iti Com­mand, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu said he has not been of­fi­cially briefed about the killing.

Killings: Tiv coun­cil frowns over‘at­tempt to change nar­ra­tive’

The Tiv Area Tra­di­tional Coun­cil (TATC) in Benue State has frowned at an at­tempt by some key gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies of the Pres­i­dency to change the nar­ra­tives of the Benue killings al­legedly per­pe­trated by herders’ mili­tia.

This is con­tained in a com­mu­niqué is­sued and made avail­able to our cor­re­spon­dent yesterday in Makurdi at the end of an emer­gency meet­ing of the Tiv Supreme Coun­cil (Iji­ta­men) held in Gboko.

The coun­cil there­fore urged all Tiv po­lit­i­cal ac­tors and politi­cians to de­sist from mak­ing in­flam­ma­tory state­ments over the killings to avoid un­nec­es­sary heat­ing the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Tiv­land as it also de­cried the state of in­se­cu­rity in Sankera axis of Tiv land to in­clude Kastina-Ala, Logo and Ukum lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

From left: Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, United Nations Of­fice on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), Mr Yury Fe­doyov, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Ham­mad al Thani, Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and EFCC Chair­man of EFCC, Mal­lam Nuhu Ribadu, af­ter Ribadu was con­ferred with the life­time/out­stand­ing an­ti­cor­rup­tion award by the Rule of Law and Anti-cor­rup­tion Cen­tre (ROLACC), in Malaysia yesterday

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