Board of Trustees
The Anti-corruption Network has so far served as the voice of the voiceless and masses who are suffering the negative concomitant effect of corruption.
Before the establishment of this Network, there was virtually no group or non-governmental organization with the passion, zeal and sincerity of purpose to confront corruption practices in Nigeria. The Network will frontally investigate, expose and inform Nigerians on all forms of corrupt practices in Nigeria, by Nigerians for Nigerians.
The Board of Trustees of the Network has the following members.
Senator Dino Melaye is an astute politician, philanthropist, and a successful businessman with a great reputation of diversified business portfolio and awards. He has shown dedication and commitment to transforming the lives of people in his community and a passion for good governance in Nigeria and beyond.
Senator Dino Melaye was elected to be a member of the Federal House of Representative in the 6th Assembly where he represented the Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency and served as the Chairman House Committee on Information and National Orientation.
Senator Melaye was also an elected member of the 8th Senate, where he represented the Kogi West Senatorial District and was the Chairman Senate Committee on FCT. In this senate, Melaye put forward the highest number of bills and motions in the history of the National Assembly, with over 25 bills to his name, as well as over 40 motions. His success on the floor of the house reflects his ability to influence his counterparts on matters that positively impact his constituents.
Senator Melaye served as the Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation in the 9th Assembly and he was a gubernatorial aspirant from PDP in the Kogi State Governorship election in 2019. Within a year of his election, Senator Melaye constructed and renovated over 120 boreholes across his constituency, which covers seven local government areas. In 2017/18, Melaye influenced over 200 capital projects over the senatorial District.
Senator Melaye was born in Kano State, but hails from Kogi State and has gone on to earn certificates from Harvard University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State. He also acquired an MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy and MSc Policy Analysis from University of Abuja, an Msc Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement and a post-graduate Diploma in Law, Security and Conflict Management from University of Jos. Melaye is currently a 500-level law student at Baze University in Abuja.
Melaye also obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate from Abdul-Aziz memorial college in Okene, after attending and receiving his primary school certificate from Gandun Nasarawa Primary School in Kano State.
Senator Melaye is a leader who is also an industrious, disciplined, determined and intelligent individual with a well diversified business portfolio. He is the Founder of SDM Foundation, President of Deaconess Comfort Melaye Education Foundation, a Board member of Accident victims Rescuers International, and an Executive Secretary/CEO of Anti-Corruption Network.
Asides from his excellent business sense, Senator Melaye has achieved vast greatness in politics and in development simultaneously. This has led to Senator Melaye being conferred with a number of traditional titles, as well as numerous national and international awards. These include Best Senator in Nigeria 2016 and in 2017 by the Senate Press Corp of the Nigerian Senate.
Senator Melaye is not only a leader to Nigerians but he is also a family man and is blessed with three children, two sons and a daughter, named Asiwaju, Kimbati and Gbotemi, respectively.
Chief Mike Agbedor Abu Ozekhome, SAN, OFR, FCIArb, LL.B (Hons), BL, LL.M, Ph.D, LL.D, D.Litt, was born on October 15, 1957, at Iviukwe, Agenebode, Etsako East LGA, Edo State, Nigeria. He is a foremost Constitutional Lawyer, Human Rights Activist, Pro-Democracy Campaigner, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR), Senior Advocate of the Masses (SAM), Voice of the People (VOP), Senior Advocate of Nigerian Students (SANS), Notary Public of Nigeria, Patriot, Pan-Nigerian, Pan-Africanist, Author, Multi-Columnist, Philosopher, Thinker, Motivational Speaker, Social Critic, Public Affairs Analyst, Pro-masses Advocate and Knight of the Order of St. Mulumba (KSM).
In 1986, he founded the law firm of Mike Ozekhome’s Chambers, with thriving offices in Lagos, Abuja, Benin City and his home town, Agenebode. His law firms handle many cases pro bono, on behalf of the poor masses. He has handled many crucial appelate cases that have helped redefine Nigerian laws and jurispudentce.
Using law as an instrument of socio-economic and political engineering, Ozekhome in 1987, co-founded the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), the first human rights organization in Nigeria. He was the pioneer Director of Legal Services and member of its Governing Board. In 1998, he co-founded the Joint Action Committee of Nigeria (JACON), with the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who was chairman. Ozekhome was the National Vice Chairman, publicity and publications. He had, earlier in 1992, solely founded the Universal Defenders of Democracy (UDD), now Universal Defenders of Justice Initiative (UDJI), an international human rights and pro-democracy league. He also founded the Democratic Rights Agenda (DRA) and Peace Initiative (PI), a peace building and conflict resolution centre. He established Mike Ozekhome Foundation (MOF), a wholly Philanthropic and Charity Foundation dedicated to helping the youth, students, women, the poor,the widows and most vulnerable of the society. Ozekhome was serially detained (starting from 1986), on account of his human rights and pro-democracy activities, especially during despotic and repressive military juntas.
In 2005, he was a Federal Government delegate at the National Political Reform Conference, representing Civil Societies; Federal Government delegate at the Vision 2020 Conference (2009); and Federal Government delegate to the National Conference (2014), wherein he was pronounced the “Cicero of the Conference”, by the Conference leadership, for his sterling performance and contributions. In 2001, he had chaired the Federal Government panel that recalled many politically victimized lecturers and students during successive military juntas. In 1994, he was a member of a Federal Government panel that restructured and reorganized the Nigerian Customs Services(NCS).
Ozekhome has received over 300 awards and honours, locally and internationally, including the UN Ambassador (Eminent Peace). He holds a Ph.D (by thesis); 8 doctoral degrees (honoris causa); and over 16 Fellowships. Ozekhome belongs to many Associations across the globe, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); NEC of NBA; Bencher; International Bar Association (IBA); Commonwealth Lawyers Association; Associate, American Bar Association; Pan-African Lawyers Union; African Bar Association; Paul Haris Fellow, Rotary International; etc. He is a Counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague. Ozekhome is happily married with children.
The Secretariat of the organization is headed by the Executive Secretary, other Directorates in the organization include:
- National Coordinator
- Director of Administration
- Director of Research and Documentation
- Director of Legal
- Director of Media and Publicity
- Director of Outreach Services
- Director of Finance
- Director of Audit
- Director Planning and Strategy