Ribadu, who spoke in Abuja as the special guest at the ‘National Stakeholders Workshop on the Recovery and Management of Recovered Assets’ organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, said he continued to pay “dearly” for his anti-corruption struggles as he joined politics.
Ribadu denied the allegation that former heads of the commission, especially the immediate past chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, diverted over N1tn of the loot recovered by the anti-graft agency over the years.
The former anti-corruption agency boss, who contested as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 election in Adamawa State, however, said he considered the allegation and his experience in politics as the price he had to pay for fighting corrupt people.
He said contrary to the allegations against him and others present and former heads of EFCC, it was some senior lawyers that benefited from some of the cases undertaken by the anti-graft agency, such as the Halliburton case.
“A case in point is the Halliburton investigation, where, after we had done the bulk of the work, it was turned into a milking cow for some senior lawyers who made millions of dollars out of it.”
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