By Talatu Bala
The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has won an outstanding award on anti-corruption.
The award, administered by Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Centre (ROLACC) celebrates and showcase corruption fighters, academics and campaigners from around the world who distinguished themselves.
The award ceremony took place on Friday in Malaysia.
The former EFCC boss jointly bagged the lifetime outstanding achievement category together with former South African corruption fighter Leonardo McCarthy and former World Bank vice-president.
Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mahamad, and emir of Qatar, Tamim Al Thani, attended the event.
The honorees were presented with a plague and certificate each by the two leaders.
A Civil Society Organisation doing pioneering work on whistleblowing policy in Nigeria, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), nominated Nuhu Ribadu for the award which is in four categories and comes with a cash prize of $250,000.
In a short remark, Nuhu Ribadu described the award as a tribute to persons around the world working to curb corruption.
He paid glowing tribute to his colleagues at the EFCC, some of whom he said paid the “supreme price” in their line of duty.