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The Profile: PROFESSOR Abdullahi Shehu Yibaikwal

Who is Professor Abdullahi Shehu Yibaikwal?

Prof. Abdullahi Shehu Yibaikwal was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and the University of Abuja, Nigeria for his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Internal Relations. He obtained a Ph.D in Criminology at the University of Hong Kong, specializing on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.

Professor Yibaikwal is a member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI); Hong Kong Society of Criminology; and Nigerian Society of International Affairs. He retired as a Director in the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, in 2015 and currently a Professor of Criminology at the National Open University of Nigeria.

Having distinguished himself in his chosen career not only as a brilliant researcher, but also as a quintessential technocrat, he was appointed: (a) Secretary of the Presidential Task Force on Financial Crimes in Nigeria in 1991 (re-appointed on merit after the Task was reconstituted in 1992); (b) Assistant Director, Financial Crimes; (c) Deputy Director/Head of Department of Financial Crimes in the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Drugs and Financial Crimes from 1995 to 1998; and (d) Special Assistant to the Special Adviser to the Head of State on Economic Affairs, Drugs and Financial Crimes from 1998 to 2000.

In these capacities, Prof. Yibaikwal represented Nigeria at many bilateral and multilateral meetings and negotiations on Drugs and Financial Crimes Control, including the UN Ad-Hoc Commitee on the Elaboration of the Transnational Organized Crime Convention. He led the Nigerian delegation to the UNODC/GPML regional Workshop in Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire, which initiated the establishment of an Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundry in West Africa (GIABA) as specialized Institution of the ECOWAS, which he served as Director General for two terms from 2006 to 2014. He has worked as expert/consultant on anti-corruption/money laundering control for many International Organization and Countries around the world, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, Interpol, United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), Nigeria and International Development Law Organization (IDLO), based in Rome, Italy.

An astute believer and advocate for rule of law, good governance and development expert, he has translated his belief in good governance into guiding principles of his administration during his appointment in 2006 as Administrative Secretary, and later Director General of GIABA.

Prof. Yibaikwal has demonstrated expertise in the area of anti-corruption and money laundering control during his tenure as Program Expert (Ant-Corruption) at the United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) from 2003 to 2005. Under the UN Global Program against Corruption, his main tasks included capacity building on anti-corruption policies and mechanisms, promoting integrity in public and private sectors, governance/public sector reform and anti-money laundering, as well as recovery.

Upon return to Nigeria and before his assumption of duty in GIABA, he was the Director, Economic & Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) Training and Research Institute, Abuja, Nigeria.

Professor Abdullahi Yibaikwal has written and published extensively on anti-corruption, governance and anti-money laundering. His books include (i) “Economic and Financial Crimes in Nigeria: Policy Issues and Options” (2006); (ii) ‘ Strategies and Techniques of Prosecuting Economic and Financial Crimes’, which was published in three languages- English, French and Portuguese (2012); (iii) “NIGERIA: The Way Through Corruption to the Well-being of a People” (2015); and most recently (iv) His ground breaking book titled “ELECTION IN NIGERIA: The Long Road to Democracy” (2019). Prof. Yibaikwal has contributed immensely in the development of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering policies, programs and the establishment of Institutions in Nigeria, including the ICPC and EFCC in Nigeria.

Prof. Yibaikwal speaks Bogghom, English and French fluently and is a prolific speaker on institutional reform, transparency, accountability, good governance and development.

As Director General/Chief Executive of GIABA, he:

  • Established a functional Secretariat for GIABA in line with the FATF acceptable standards of a FSRB Secretariat.
  • Developed, reviewed and updated Regional Strategic Frameworks and Action Plans consistent with the FATF Recommendations and the ECOWAS Regional Integration Framework, especially its Vision 2020.
  • Within the framework of the Strategic Plans, he led the regional fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, by inter alia:
    (i) Provide direct support to member States of ECOWAS to enact, review and /or amend legislation against money laundering and terrorist financing;
    (ii) Conducted the mutual evaluations of members to ascertain their level compliance with acceptable anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) standards;
    (iii) Conducted numerous research and typologies studies on the methods, trends and techniques of money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF);
    (iv) Provided direct assistant for the establishment of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), which led to the establishment of the fifteen FIUs in the region;
    (v) Promoted strategic partnership with the civil society for the prevention and control of ML/TF;
    (vi) Promoted regional and internal cooperation in the context of ECOWAS.
  • Established GIABA firmly as one of the most effective and efficient ECOWAS Institutions with sound management and governance structures, processes and procedures.
  • Promoted GIABA to be recognized as a FSRB in 2006 and as an Associate Member of the FATF in 2010.

Overall, he exudes a deeper understanding and skill in ECOWAS affairs, including high political contacts with authorities in the region. Throughout his career, he has proved himself as a change agent! He has impacted on lives, communities and nations. His marks in the ECOWAS member States remain indelible.

A disciplined and caring father, he is happily married, blessed with so many children and has contributed to the development of his community, the Nigerian society, ECOWAS region and Africa.

Prof. Abdullahi Y. Shehu is nominated as a non career Ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. Before his nomination he is the Chairman, Government Model Secondary School, Old Student, alias Dengi Old Student Association (DOSA).

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The Profile: Professor – Emeritus Umaru Shehu

Umaru Shehu is the first professor emeritus in the history of KANEM-BORNU Empire.

He was the Vice Chancellor University of Nigeria Nnsuka (UNN) from 1978 to 1980.

He was a former Sole Administrator University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.

He is a fellow Institute of Cancer Research and the Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal.

Biography :

Professor Umaru Shehu is a Nigerian Professor of Medicine and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a Professor Emeritus, Community health, University of Maiduguri and former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science. Professor Umaru received a Bachelor of Medicine degree, MBBS from the University of London. He also received a fellowship of the Institute of Cancer Research and he is the editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal.

Professor Umaru Shehu was born on December 8, 1930 in Maiduguri, Nigeria. He attended Elementary School, Maiduguri 1935-1940; Middle School, Maiduguri 1941-1943; Kaduna College, Kaduna 1944-1947; University College Ibadan 1948-1953; and was at the University of Liverpool between 1953-1956, and 1966-1967. Professor Shehu holds MBBS (London), IRCF (London), MRCS (England), DPH (Liverpool), FMCPH, MFCM, FFCM (UK), FFCM (Nigeria), FAS, FWACP, DFMC (Nigeria).

Professor Shehu started working as a Pre-registration House Surgeon, Southport Infirmary, United Kingdom in 1957. He came back to the Government of Northern Nigeria as Pre-registration House Physician that same year, and was promoted Medical Officer 1957-1963; Senior Medical Officer 1963-1965; Principal Medical Officer 1965-1966; Assistant Chief Medical Officer 1966-1967; Chief Medical Officer (Preventive Services Division) 1967-1968.

Professor Shehu was then redeployed to North-Eastern State as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Chief Medical Officer, an offer he declined only to move on to Ahmadu Bello University to take up appointment as Reader and Acting Head of Department of Community Medicine 1968-1970; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine 1968-1970; Acting Director, Institute of Health 1969-1970; Professor of Community Medicine 1970; Head of Department of Community Medicine 1970-1978; Director, Institute of Health 1970-1977; Deputy Vice Chancellor 1975-1976; Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) 1977-1978.Professor Shehu held visiting professorships in various universities, including the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 1976-1977.

He was appointed Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1978-1980. He also worked with the World Health Organization as Short Term Consultant (Working Group on Health Services and Manpower Development Mechanism) in Geneva, September 1970; Appointed Temporary Adviser, October 1970; Short Term Consultant, 1971-1973; Consultant (Technical Discussions), 24th WHO Regional Committee for Africa 1974; National WHO Program Coordinator/Representative in Nigeria 1980-1985; Director, WHO Sub-Regional Health Development Office 111, 1985-1989; WHO Representative to Ethiopia, 1990.At the University of Maiduguri, Professor Shehu was appointed Honorary Consultant Physician since 1991 to date, and became Professor Emeritus in 2000.

He was also the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences 1991-1993; and Sole Administrator of the University of Maiduguri 1993-1994. At the University College Hospital Ibadan, he was the Chairman, Board of Management 1991-1994. At Bayero University, Kano, he was Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council 1993-1996, and also Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University of Lagos 1996-1999.He has held memberships and offices in several committees, councils, panels and commissions at both national and international levels.

He was President of Medical Schools in Africa 1973-1975; and External Examiner in Public Health at the University of Ghana Medical School. He is the current Chairman Board of Governors of the STOPAIDS organization; Chairman Governing Board of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA); Patron Guild of Medical Directors; Patron Nationwide Network for Health; Patron Nigerian Medical Forum of Great Britain and Ireland; Patron Nigerian Institute of Stress; Trustee National Foundation on VVF; Member Board of Trustees, Nigerian Tuberculosis and Leprosy Association; Member Editorial Board, West African Medical Journal; Consulting Editor, the Nigerian Medical Practitioner; Editorial Adviser, the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal; Joint Editor-in-Chief, British Medical Journal (West Africa) Edition.

Apart from holding active memberships of Professional bodies as the Nigerian Medical Association, The Society of Health (Nigeria), Science Association of Nigeria, Association of Community Physicians of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Shehu is also a Foundation Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria; Foundation Fellow of the West African College of Physicians; Foundation Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science; and Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Community Medicine (Nigeria).

Professor Umaru Shehu is mentioned in Who is Who in the world; Men of Achievement; Dictionary of International Biography; Africa Year Book 1977—Who is Who in Africa; Who is Who in Nigeria; and A Dictionary of African Biography.

He holds Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 1979, the Government of Nigeria awarded him the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), and in 2000 he was awarded the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).

He is married with children.

His name was mentioned amongst the all times most popular scholars of Maidugu in the 2017 publication entitled; Origin and Meaning of Maiduguri, 2017: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318215637_Origin_and_Meaning_of_Maiduguri

This piece was put together by Honours from the Kanem-Bornu Empire