I can fish out subsidy ‘thieves’ in one week — Ribadu

Channels Television  
Updated July 11, 2012

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, on Tuesday said it would take him just a week to fish out the “thieves” in the House of Representatives subsidy probe report if given the mandate by the Federal Government.

Mr Ribadu stated this at an interactive session with the management and staff of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Abuja.

“If I were to work on this subsidy, I would just arrest PPPRA officials, and through them I would bring out every single person who took one penny from government. I would get all of them because it is the gatekeeper that has failed so I would not bother myself with anybody else. No one can take money for product he did not supply except if PPPRA allows it,” he said.

Mr Ribadu said public servants benefit more than the oil marketers from the corruption circle in the subsidy regime.
“For every one person outside of government that benefits in this subsidy scam, public servants benefit three times,” he said.

According to him, all the regulatory failures in Nigeria were due to the bad and docile leadership.

The former EFCC helmsman called on the Federal Government to reform the Nigeria Police Force to enable it  tackle corruption and insecurity in the country.

“We have destroyed and weakened an institution that is constitutionally assigned the responsibility to enforce law and order internally in this country,’’ Mr Ribadu said, noting that military personnel discharged internal security duties contrary to the provisions in the constitution.

The former presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, who is the Chairman, Special Task Force on Petroleum Revenue, urged the Federal Government to train and retrain the police to enable them to tackle corruption and insecurity in the country.