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Nuhu Ribadu, seven others bag global anti-corruption award [Video]

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The pioneer chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, is among eight individuals and organisations recognised globally for their role in curtailing corruption at an event held Friday in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The honorees, from Asia, America, Africa, Oceania and Europe, were recognised at the Third annual Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award 2018.

Held to coincide with International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9, the winners were presented their award by Tamim Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar; Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad; the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov; and the Qatari Attorney General Ali Al-Marri.

Speaking at the occasion, elated Ribadu while thanking the organisers stressed that the gesture will encourage the fight against corruption.

His words, “I am humbled by this honour bestowed on me, I thank the centre and your sponsor for initiating this amazing award to recognise the anti-corruption champions in the world.

“I believe this award will certainly send a strong message not just to the corrupt but also to those who are in the physical warfare of fighting corruption.”

Meanwhile, the immediate past Managing Director of SunTrust bank who was also an All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in Gombe, Muhammad Jibrin Barde, has congratulated Ribadu on his shine on the global stage as an anti-corruption hero.

Barde communicated his congratulatory message to Ribadu in a message he exclusively sent to TNG.

Keep Naira clean

Mr Ribadu, was nominated for the award by Nigerian nonprofit, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL).

Organisers said the nominations underwent thorough assessment and screening process, before the final approval by the centre’s board.

The award has been established “to shine a light on the fight against corruption across the world…and acknowledge the outstanding contributions towards the prevention of and the fight against corruption that are being made around the world”.

The winners for this year are from Liberia, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, USA and Mexico were presented their Award in support of The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and its anti-corruption mandates, specifically, the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

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