Nigeria’s ex anti-corruption czar a victim of corruption?

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The disciplinary committee of the Nigeria police has recommended the dismissal from the force of the country’s embattled former anti-corruption czar, Nuhu Ribadu, over alleged acts of indiscipline, the local press reported Tuesday.

Ribadu, who has been in the eye of the storm since he was removed as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), failed to honour an invitation by the committee to answer questions over the alleged acts of indiscipline, in the northern city of Kaduna last week.

The media reports said the committee had submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, who is expected to approve the recommendation and forward it to the Police Service Commission (PSC), the body empowered to discipline top police officers.

Ribadu’s alleged offences include failure to appear in his police uniform on the day of graduation from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), and during the visit to President Umaru Yar’Adua by members of his course at the institute.

The former anti-graft czar was sent on course to the prestigious NIPSS after his removal. He was later demoted by two ranks after he was found to have been improperly promoted by the immediate past administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Ribadu’s supporters credit him with mounting an unprecedented battle against corruption in the country during his tenure at the EFCC.

But critics charge that he was only used as a tool by Obasanjo to battle his perceived enemies, instead of fighting corruption.

The whereabouts of Ribadu are unknown, amid speculations in the local media that he may have fled Nigeria.

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