About the Director

Director OOGGDRC Prof. Abdullahi Y. Shehu
Director OOGGDRC
Prof. Abdullahi Y. Shehu


Professor Abdullahi Y. Shehu is the immediate past Director General of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA); a Specialized Institution of the ECOWAS based in Dakar, Senegal. The GIABA is also a FATF Style Regional Body responsible for the monitoring of the implementation and enforcement of acceptable international AML/CFT standards in West Africa. During his eight year tenure as Director General, Professor Shehu firmly established GIABA as a model regional body and he led the mutual evaluation of 16 countries to ascertain their compliance with the FATF standards.

Prior to his appointment as DG of GIABA, Professor Shehu was a Program Expert (Anti-Corruption and Money Laundering) at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria, from 2003-2005.

          Upon his return to Nigeria and before assumption of duty as DG of GIABA, he was Director of the EFCC Training and Research Institute, during which time he developed a modern training curriculum for financial crime law enforcement.

He was the pioneer Secretary of the Presidential Task Force on Financial Crimes, which metamorphosed into the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria.

          Professor Shehu has an unusual mix of policy and law enforcement, as well as academic experiences spanning over 28 years in the Nigerian and international public services. He was Special Assistant and Deputy Director in charge of Financial Crimes in the Office of the Special Adviser to the Head of State on Drugs and Financial Crimes, during which he initiated the establishment of the EFCC. He led and served as member of several government delegations to multilateral and bilateral meetings and negotiations on Drugs and Financial Crimes. He is also a regular speaker at high level conferences on anti-corruption, money laundering and transnational organized crime. He had the rare privilege of addressing the UN Security Council in May 2013 on “Peace and Security in Africa: The Challenges of the Fight against Terrorism in the Context of Maintaining International Peace and Security”.

He is a Member of the International Association of Asset Recovery (IAAR), Miami, USA; Member, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI); Member, Nigerian Society of International Affairs; Member, Hong Kong Society of Criminology; Fellow, Centre for Criminology, the University of Hong Kong.


Key qualifications:

  • As Member of the Ad hoc Commettes for the elaboration of the UNTOC and UNCAC and later, Program Expert on the UNODC Global Program against Corruption, Professor Shehu has developed an excellent knowledge of the UNTOC and UNCAC . He was involved in the promotion of the two Conventions and provided assistance to over 50 countries to implement it.
  • AML Expert, European Union 11th EDF Identification and Formulation Mission in West Africa –Indentification of Issues, Strategic Orientations and Priority Intervention Areas to Improve AML/CFT in West Africa
  • UNODC International Consultant – Support to Anti-corruption in Nigeria – Funded by the European Union under the 10th EDF
  • UNODC International Consultant – Perspectives on Cross Border Terrorist Activities in the Lake Chad Basin and West Africa -  Support to Strenghtening Rule of Law-based Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism Project «  Funded by the EU in Nigeria.
  • Excellent knowledge of AML/CFT acceptable standards, especially the FATF Recommandations
  • 27 Years of professional experience (15 years at managerial level) of Anti-Corruption, AML/CFTpolicy, law enforcement and implementation of acceptable international standards
  • Coordinated the évaluation and monitoring of 16 countries in West Africa to ascertain their compliance with FATF Standards (2006-2014)
  • Familiarity with FATF policies, legislation and other AML/CFT frameworks in West Africa
  • Provided direct technical assistance to ECOWAS Member States on AML/CFT, including the drafting, enactment, review and amendment of legislation, establishment of FIUs, AML/CFT Inter-Ministerial Committees, conducting typologies on the trends and methods of money laundering and terrorist financing, and private sector regulation and compliance. Was involved in the elaboration and implementation of the EU project support to the Nigerian EFCC and the Judiciary through the UNODC in 2005. Led project negotiations with the EU within the framework of EU/ECOWAS 10th EDF.
  • Managed the ECOWAS/GIABA Ministerial Committee, consisting of 45 Ministers of Finance, Justice and Security, as well as the GIABA Technical Commission, the main organs of GIABA on AML/CFTfrom 2006-2014. All the major AML/CFT policies within ECOWAS were introduced and implemented under his leadership
  • Coordinated the conduct and publication of a vast number of mutual évaluations, risk assessments, policy and technical reports, as well as typologies reports in GIABA, which are all published on the website : www.giaba.org/reports ….
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and influence decisions at the highest political level with significant results in GIABA from 2006-2014
  • Excellent leadership and management skills as demonstrated in the management of GIABA from 2006 -2014
  • Verse theoretical and academic knowledge of anti-corruption/anti-money laundering as demonstrated in his publications.….


          He is currently a Professor of Criminology and Director of the Olusegun Obasanjo good Governance and Development Research centre at the National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja. He has authored several books, including: “NIGERIA: The Way Through Corruption to the Well-being of a People” (2015); Strategies and Techniques of Prosecuting Economic and Financial Crimes (2012); and Economic and Financial Crimes in Nigeria: Policy Issues and Options (2006).