Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Significant detail

This might be as important as Goodluck Jonathan officially taking office as president. And some people are floating rumors that Ribadu would be a good vice president.

Nigeria: Charges Against Anti-Corruption Official Dropped
The Nigerian government... dropped criminal charges against the oil-rich nation’s former anti-corruption czar, potentially allowing him to return home from a self-imposed exile. Nuhu Ribadu, the onetime chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, fled Nigeria in 2008 after he received death threats and survived a drive-by shooting…

The government later filed charges against Mr. Ribadu before the nation’s Code of Conduct Tribunal, accusing him of failing to declare his financial assets while serving as the anti-corruption agency’s leader. The tribunal has since acknowledged that Mr. Ribadu properly filed his asset declaration…

Many in Nigeria, long regarded by watchdog groups as one of the world’s most corrupt nations, saw the charges and Mr. Ribadu’s firing in 2007 as a sign he had overstepped bounds that have traditionally protected the country’s ruling elite. In his four years at the agency, Mr. Ribadu investigated and brought criminal charges against top politicians from the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

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