I Can Get Subsidy Thieves in One Week-Ribadu

Date: 11-07-2012 7:13 am (9 years ago) | Author: Omogbolahan Babs
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The pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, on Tuesday said he would have unravelled those behind the multibillion naira fuel subsidy scam in the country if he was still in charge of the anti-graft agency.

The former EFCC boss, who currently chairs the Special Petroleum Revenue Task Force constituted by the Federal Government, stressed that failure of regulatory agencies in the petroleum industry led to the monumental fraud in the administration of the subsidy regime.



Ribadu spoke as a guest at the Visitor’s Forum organised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

He said, “If the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency had done its job, the whole subsidy mess would not have happened. If I were to handle this subsidy thing, I will just go after the PPPRA, especially those who were at the helm when all these mess took place.

“In one week, I will bring out every single person who took one penny. I will not bother myself with anybody else; I will just get them because nobody would make a penny out of the subsidy regime without the direct complicity of the PPPRA.”

Ribadu added, “The regulatory agencies in the sector are directly responsible because it is government’s money. When such money goes out, it has to go through somebody, who is a government employee that has responsibility to protect it and make sure that we get value for every dime spent. It must be with his own conspiracy that money goes out for products or services.

“Therefore, one can easily come to the conclusion that it was a failure of the regulators and those that have responsibility, and we would like to see justice done on those who allowed the nation’s money to go out in that manner.”

Ribadu also expressed confidence in the capacity of the present EFCC to get to the root of the fuel subsidy fraud, but added that the work could take more time than might have been anticipated by the public.

He said, “I know that the EFCC is working very hard on the matter, and I believe they will not disappoint millions of Nigerians who are expecting a just and reasonable conclusion on the matter. They are working on it, and sometimes, this kind of work does take time so that it will be able to stand the test of prosecution.

“They need to assemble evidence so that they can have a successful prosecution because it is an issue of law enforcement and recovery. My take is that we can still get justice; it is a matter of time, and, ultimately, I have belief that Nigerians will see justice done in the matter.”

“They must be given space and time to do their work effectively. There should not be any outside interference. In the present crop of leadership in the EFCC, we have quality people; some of the best that we can get in our country today, in my personal view,” Ribadu added.

He said as head of EFCC, he requested the London Metropolitan Police to investigate former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other top government officials.

He also expressed confidence in the capacity of the anti-graft agency to arrest and prosecute those involved in the controversial oil subsidy fraud.

Obviously making reference to those that had criticised his work at EFCC for alleged bias, Ribadu said he made a request to the London MET to investigate Obasanjo and other top government officials, adding that some heavyweights in the administration were equally investigated and prosecuted by EFCC under his watch.

He said that it was under his watch that a former National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, was investigated and recommended for trial.

Ribadu said, “We did the investigation and would have arrested him (George), but he escaped from the country. He only returned a few weeks after I was removed and was arrested by my successor and charged to court.”


Posted: at 11-07-2012 07:13 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- Ifemylove at 11-07-2012 09:50 AM (9 years ago)
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why not get the BOKO HARAM in one week ?
Posted: at 11-07-2012 09:50 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Lekan22 at 11-07-2012 09:59 AM (9 years ago)
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Let wait and see.
Posted: at 11-07-2012 09:59 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- verah at 11-07-2012 10:00 AM (9 years ago)
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na him b d no 1 suspect sef....   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes yeye craze people .... thief dey follow call person thief... who come b d thief?

Posted: at 11-07-2012 10:00 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sophiebaby at 11-07-2012 10:07 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: Ifemylove on 11-07-2012 09:50 AM
why not get the BOKO HARAM in one week ?

well said

Posted: at 11-07-2012 10:07 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Idbabe at 11-07-2012 10:17 AM (9 years ago)
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What of if they share the money for you, will u still catch them? or ur mouth will be  Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed
Posted: at 11-07-2012 10:17 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- sophiebaby at 11-07-2012 10:29 AM (9 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin

Posted: at 11-07-2012 10:29 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- queenrukky at 11-07-2012 10:37 AM (9 years ago)
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we have enuf comedians,luk 4 lazy chair n rest ur butts....subsidy thieves ke
Posted: at 11-07-2012 10:37 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- miles09 at 11-07-2012 10:59 AM (9 years ago)
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why did u leave ur post at 1st?? Dumbass, shift jare
Posted: at 11-07-2012 10:59 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- seeuthere22 at 11-07-2012 11:08 AM (9 years ago)
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okay....they do better reinstate you make you fish dem out.........as if say na you freeeeeeeee............
Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:08 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- prince775 at 11-07-2012 11:10 AM (9 years ago)
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Idiotic mallam thunder fire you there
Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:10 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sophiebaby at 11-07-2012 11:10 AM (9 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin

Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:10 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- DMG17 at 11-07-2012 11:32 AM (9 years ago)
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Very Good Question!! Thank You For Asking That Question!! Yes, Why Not BOKO HARAM His Brothers?
Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:32 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Idbabe at 11-07-2012 11:35 AM (9 years ago)
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Bros Ribadu, how many days will it take u to expose boko haram sponsors.  Thats the root cost of bh.  Once the sponsors are not more, they will drop dia weapons.  Lets have the ans fast fast pls
Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:35 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- aso4life1 at 11-07-2012 11:41 AM (9 years ago)
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Why not go after the BOKO HARAM sponsors and the people who invited you to the programme where you made this speech, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, are they clean? do you mean there is no scam in that commission?

According to Prof. Niyi Osundare, "

•    Nigeria is a kleptocracy: a state ruled by thieves
•    We no longer blush because we have lost our skin
•    Corruption is Nigeria’s fastest-growing industry
•    If Nigeria does not kill Corruption, Corruption will kill Nigeria
•    Our fate is in our own hands"

Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:41 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- dizhadah at 11-07-2012 11:43 AM (9 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:43 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- richi192 at 11-07-2012 11:51 AM (9 years ago)
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passing first brb Grin

Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:51 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- jamesbondchick at 11-07-2012 11:51 AM (9 years ago)
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Abeg ribadu sharrap make I hear word! Na only mouth you get, yeye fowl!!!

Posted: at 11-07-2012 11:51 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- aliaaz at 11-07-2012 12:09 PM (9 years ago)
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LWKMD

Posted: at 11-07-2012 12:09 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- crusifixo at 11-07-2012 12:09 PM (9 years ago)
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SEE THIS IDIOT WEY LAWAN GO SOON NAME AS THE COMMITTEE WEY FOLLOW SHARE THE BRIBE MONEY.......... Angry Angry Angry Angry
Posted: at 11-07-2012 12:09 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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