Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, ( EFCC) and Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force has denied receiving any money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
In a personal statement he released on the 12th, the former EFCC boss said he never met or had any dealings with former National Security Adviser,Mr.Dasuki while in office.
” My attention has been drawn to insinuations in certain quarters of my purported repayment of some monies I was allegedly given by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). or the record, let me categorically state that I had nothing to do with the former NSA while he was in office. I cannot remember meeting him at any time while he held sway. It is therefore shocking for me to be accused of receiving something from someone I never had any relationship with, not to talk of refunding money he gave me. Let me reiterate that I did not receive any money at any time from the ex-NSA, either directly or through a proxy. There is therefore no reason for me to make any refund.”
He further stated that he has not been contacted by any security agency on this matter to warrant any action of that nature on his part and dares those generating such story to come out with evidence.
“Those trying to discreetly plant that story should come forward with documentary evidence to suggest that I refunded money. The security agencies are there to confirm or deny this.”
Nuhu Ribadu was appointed chairman of the EFCC in 2003 and reappointed in 2007 under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Inspector General of Police on 9 April 2007, three weeks before newly elected President Umaru Yar’Adua was sworn-in.
But was later challenged on the basis that his appointment was “illegal, unconstitutional, null, void, and of no legal effect. In December 2007 Mike Okiro Inspector-General of Police, stated that Ribadu would be removed as EFCC chairman for a one-year training course.
In December 2007, the then Inspector-General of Police Mike Okiro ordered the temporal removal of Ribadu as EFCC chairman and ordered him to attend the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) for a compulsory one year course. The decision was criticised by many as being politically motivated and likely to set back the fight against corruption.
In December 2008, Ribadu was dismissed from the Nigerian Police force by the Nigerian Police Service Commission (PSC). He left Nigeria but has since returned to join politics in Nigeria.
He ran as the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections and as governorship candidate for The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state in 2015.