Ribadu Should Probe Obasanjo, Daughter Before Kuru

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chair Nuhu Ribadu may proceed to the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos, Plateau State, in two weeks, it was learnt yesterday.

The public outcry over his being sent to NIPSS is yet to end. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and a coalition of pro-democracy groups in the North, yesterday described it as a ploy to remove him from the EFCC.

Besides, TUC said Ribadu should be allowed to probe former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his daughter Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello.

A police source told The Nation that Ribadu, who is expected to receive his letter of posting today, will be leaving for Kuru in the third week of January.

The source said Ribadu would leave for NIPSS after handing over to the commission’s Director of Operations, Ibrahim Lamorde on January 15 or 16.

Lamorde is to act as EFCC chairman.

Many names have come up in the calculations for Ribadu’s likely successor, but a source dismissed them all last night, saying since Ribadu had not been removed, there was no need to search for a successor.

“He’s only being sent on a course. So, the talk of a likely successor does not arise,” the source said.

TUC, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Chief John Kolawole, called for Ribadu’s reinstatement.

The statement said Ribadu should be allowed to prove his neutrality in the war against corruption by probing former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his daughter, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello before leaving EFCC.

Kolawole argued that Ribadu’s ouster at this time would cause a setback for the commission, considering that he has acquired experience on the job.

“The EFCC is currently faced with unprecedented cases of corrupt practices involving several key players in the last administration, including former governors and former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The timing is therefore not the best to dispense away with him, given the experience he has gained since the past four years.

“If anything, Mallam Ribadu should be given the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that he is truly neutral in the anti-corruption game by probing former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his Senator daughter.

The Northern pro-democracy groups threatened to expose those it said were behind Ribadu’s travails, if the EFCC chair was not left alone.

The groups flayed his posting to Jos, saying his life may be in danger there, considering that he is prosecuting the former governor of Plateau State, Chief Joshua Dariye.

“We must admit that Chief Dariye himself may be considered harmless but certain elements both in Plateau and elsewhere may likely move their arsenal to Jos to settle scores with Ribadu,” said the groups.

The groups, which comprise Northern Coalition for Democracy and Justice, Northern Youths Democratic Movement, Coalition of Nigerians Against Corruption and the Movement for the Protection of Peoples Rights, said at the end of their emergency meeting in Kaduna yesterday, that they were in possession of incontrovertible evidence of those behind the clandestine plot to silence the former EFCC boss.

Apart from the action of Okiro, which they vehemently condemned, the group claimed that there were some unseen forces out to hijack the administration of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, unknown to him (Yar’Adua).

For instance, the group said the plot to ease out Ribadu was hatched at the London Paddington Hotel in August last year by a cabal working to hijack Yar’Adua’s government and, by extension, dismantled the anti-corruption machine.

“The latest action of the IG is suspect and facts on ground suggest he is part of the larger strategy to weaken the anti-corruption war in Nigeria,” the group stated in a communique jointly signed by Mallam Umar Farouk, chief convener and leader of the Coalition of Nigerians Against Corruption, Mr. Yunana Shibkau, Director of Publicity of the Northern Coalition for Democracy and Justice, Abubakar Katsina, Director of Information and Strategy, Northern Youths Democratic Movement and Chidi Ogbuagbu, Secretary , Movement for the Protection of Peoples Rights.

According to the group, those behind the clandestine plot to weaken the anti-corruption crusade were the dubious politicians and “the fifth columnists” now working to hijack this administration from the right path unknowing to President Yar’Adua.

“They are desperate to establish economic empire, protect looted wealth and take control of the crude oil lifting business. It is the cabal that are vanishing Nuhu Ribadu so they can have a field day. They are certain that with Ribadu as the head of the EFCC, they are not going to succeed and the law must take its full course. He refused to be compromised with them,” the communiqué said.

– The Nation


6 responses to “Ribadu Should Probe Obasanjo, Daughter Before Kuru

  1. Many opinions. Who is right now. This group is working for Ribadu. If Ribadu is so fearless what has he been doing since he got the OBJ senator daughter’s shameful report. Ribadu is afraid of probing his benefactor obj and his families who are corrupt. Enough is enough, let him go or sign a written undertaken that he will probe all. He should also probe the arrogant unpatriotic self puffed up injustice minister Andokaa. Ah andokaa is full of himself and anti war against corruption.I believe Nigeria will survive these evil geniuses. Yaradua act on time because you are a temporary president more unstable than ‘fidihe” (ING)governmet of old traitor Sonekan. Your (GNU) Government of Nullity and Underdevelopment can not play the trick . Yaradua you are a gonna.

  2. Why this confussion. Why I am not happy for the redeployment it however flies on the face of proper Logic for any resesonable human being to argur for Ribadu’s reinstatement so that he can probe obj and his crimal daughter senator.What has he been looking untill his “study leave plot” by his foe Okiro beore thinking of Obasanjo’s crime. Yaradua should act fast to do something about the bad corrupt record of his former godfather. Yaradua you are a temporary president worse than traitor Sonekan’s ” fidihe” ING. Your GNU Govrnment of Nullity and Underdevelpment will soon be all over. Do what you can do to leave a legacy as one of the shortest reigning HOS of Nigeria.

  3. Thank God, President Umaru finally has broken away the shackles of OBJ. Nuhu Ribadu is OBJ,s lap dog, he should move to the farm in Ota to fight corruption because that is the home of the father,son and daughter of corruption.
    Nuhu should not use efcc to settle personal scores or why has he not probed the PENTASCOPE issue and many other issues affecting OBJ,Kupolokun and the ministers and Andy Uba,s various deals.
    Ribadu leaving is good riddance to bad rubbish.

  4. Col. umar (rtd) is obviously the best replacement to ribadu. The efcc would surely be alive and active with the no nonsense kaduna state former military governor.

  5. The concept of another chance for Ribadu to probe Obj is absurd,as he has had all the time in the past to do so.Not only did he not,but he took a political stand defending Obj.How many more chances should he get.If we push for that,the we stand the risk of making him a Yar’adua boy,whereas the job should be independent.I think we should allow the President to do what he thinks is best with the inside information he has,and then analyse from there,in about 2 months.
    I sympathise with Ribadu,because i see him like Al-Mustapha,an intellegent Major given the powers of a general,the rest of the story you know.Ribadu was given the powers of an IG as an ACP,this made him proud at the same time totally loyal and dependent on his master (OBJ),so it is highly unlikely that he can turn and probe Obj.But i believe,there are a lot of Ribadu’s in the EFCC who can carry out the responsibilities equally or even better.
    Wishing you all a happy new year and a greater Nigeria.

  6. I totally agree with the opinion that suggests that Ribadu be allowed to probe Obj and daughter before proceeding to Kuru to the extent that he may genuinely want to. However, if you consider the fact that Ribadu had long received the ignominious report on Iyabor one cannot but agree that he dared not try the probe then or now. There is no doubt that he soiled his hands while he was Obj’s attack-dog. He was well taken care of by Obj. I guess that is the only tenable reason why, knowing the hausa culture, he would be bold enough to trade insults with the former vp, Abubakar Atiku in the media.
    Verdict: He does not have enough fire power to probe his benefactor.Period!

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