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Sep212010

Famed Corruption Fighter Announces Run for Nigeria Presidency

(NEW YORK) -- Former Nigerian anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu has announced he will run for Nigeria's top job next year. Ribadu had earned worldwide acclaim and the nickname of Africa's "Eliot Ness" for his willingness to take on some of Nigeria's most powerful political figures on corruption charges.

Ribadu told reporters in the capital city of Abuja he planned to run for president as part of the Action Congress of Nigeria, a new party that's a breakaway faction from one of the country's leading political parties.

Under Ribadu's former leadership of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria's top police official was convicted on corruption charges and investigations of a former vice president and 31 of the country's governors were launched.

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