The award ceremony held on Friday at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Malaysia.
Given by Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Centre (ROLACC), the award celebrates corruption fighters,academics and campaigners from around the world. It comes with a cash prize of $250,000, TheCable writes.
Ribadu jointly won the lifetime/outstanding achievement category alongside Leonardo McCarthy, former South African corruption fighter and ex-World Bank vice-president.
Mahathir Mahamad, Malaysian prime minister, and Tamim Al Thani, emir of Qatar, were present at the ceremony.
Ribadu was nominated for the award by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a civil society organisation doing pioneering work on whistleblowing policy in Nigeria.
In his acceptance speech, Ribadu described the award as a tribute to persons around the world working to curb corruption.
He paid tribute to his colleagues at the EFCC, some of whom he said paid the “supreme price” in their line of duty.
He said the award would boost the morale of corruption fighters who would come to realise that their job is not thankless, after all.