Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, ex-boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that former-governor of Delta state James Ibori tried to bribe him with over two billion naira.
The former EFCC boss stressed that he resisted the $15m bribe offered by Ibori in two big bags.
Ribadu said the bribe was, however, deposited in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to serve as evidence against him.
At a TEDx Talk in Berlin, Germany, Ribadu said although “anti-corruption war is the most dangerous work, this is one war worth fighting.”
“Do you know that every year, $60billion leaves Africa illegally? This figure is from the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA),” he added.
“Billions are going out of Africa every year. I’m a Nigerian and I am from this paradoxical continent where today our most notorious export in Africa is stolen money.
“Ibori approached me with $15million to stop his investigation. I called my people because the money was in big bags, which two people could not carry and we deposited it in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as evidence against him”.
“I arrested Ibori and prosecuted him. Since his friend was in power, they removed me, sent me to a school as a student where I was once a teacher”.
“They made attempts on my life, but they did not know I was using a bullet-proof Honda car. As God would have it, ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua died. Ibori escaped to Dubai from where he was taken to the United Kingdom for trial. He is serving a jail term in the UK,” Mallam Ribadu informed.
In reaction to the trial and conviction of ex-Inspector-General of police, Tafa Balogun, the former EFCC chairman said the case was a by-product of the investigation of Emmanuel Nwude, who duped a Brazilian bank of $254m.
“The case of Nwude made us to be more determined. In the course of his case, I stumbled on an account belonging to my boss, Tafa Balogun. I arrested him, he was tried and convicted, and I recovered enough from him”.
“We also investigated and tried about 49 chief executives of banks. Fighting corruption is a war and if you are in a war, you must go for the big targets.”
Ribadu also spoke on the $184m Halliburton scandal, he said: “A gang of foreigners stole from Nigeria” from a $6 billion natural gas contract won by a consortium of four international companies”.
The Nation has further details regarding the Halliburton case and other outrageous scandals handled under Ribadu’s watch.
Meanwhile, with the current wave of tension over Nigeria’s scandalous arms deal in the last dispensation, there are speculation that the EFCC might have to arrest ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan.