Toothless bulldog – Presidency slams Nuhu Ribadu probe report

by Isi Esene

Doyin Okupe, the special assistant to the president on public affairs, on Thursday in Abuja, organised a press conference announcing to the public that the contentious report on Petroleum Special Task Force is a toothless bulldog which is incapable of indicting anyone.

The petroleum special task force was led by former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman, Nuhu Ribadu. He submitted the report to president Goodluck Jonathan last Friday at an event marred with bad-blood and undisguised acrimony with the deputy chairman of the task force, Steve Oronsaye, discrediting the process which produced the final report.

Doyin Okpe pointed to a clause in the report which essentially serves as a disclaimer making it impossible under Nigerian law to indict or punish anyone as a result of the report recommendations.

Okupe said, “[The paragraph] is an obvious DISCLAIMER (emphasis his) issued by the committee on the entire report, makes it impossible under our laws to indict or punish anyone except, and until, the Federal Government fully verifies and reconciles the facts as recommended by the committee in its submission to the government.”

He quoted the paragraph which read: “Due to the time frame of the assignment, some of the data used could not be independently verified and the task force recommends that the government should conduct such necessary verifications and reconciliations.”

Okupe reportedly blamed Ribadu for the politicisation of the report. He alleged that there was a major public disinformation campaign which, according to him, was aimed at overheating the polity and incite Nigerians against the President because of the report.

“For instance on his Facebook page a while ago, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu remarked that he resisted overtures to make him compromise the report and rather than compromising the report, he stayed on the side of the Nigerian people.

“His claim of an overture to him to compromise the report is perfidious and false. We respectfully enjoin Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to be patriotic enough to name the proponents of this compromise.

“If Ribadu claims that to be serving on the committee he is on the side of the Nigeria people, on whose side is President Jonathan whose idea it was in the first place to set up the task force and approved the appointment of Mallam Ribadu as chairman of the committee?” he asked rhetorically.

Okupe said the committee had failed to carry out the very critical part of the assignment and instead passed on the duty of reconciliation and verification of the data to the government.

Though he described the report as incomplete, he however added that all the work needed to be done to rectify this would be done by the government. After this, he said a White Paper would be issued and its recommendations fully implemented by the government.

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is yet to react to Okupe’s allegations.

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Comments (5)

  1. Oh yes they have succeeded in blackmailing Ribadu in order to achieve some cheap political miles which is why they choose him for this job, the-same thing they want to do to Buhari by including him in the Boko Haram saga. but thanks to God the General knows everything. SHAME ON PDP..*.

  2. I will only blame Nuhu Ribadu for accepting to serve this PDP led govt.the goernvent of deceit,rogues,thieves and insensetive,rigth from the day this gentle man was appointed,we knew nothing tangible will come out of the it,rather the govt.will rubished the patriots.its a matter of time,Nigerian will push them out.

  3. I completely with Okupe. Of what use is an unconcluded report. Beside, it is completely improper for the contents of the report reach public domain before the president. This goes a long way to tell the incompetence of Ribadun worst still is the post in his fb page. Who is he trying to impress by the rather childish comment. All in all, I'm not impressed with Ribadu's performance on this very important task.

  4. Y dis Nation J̶̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇t dey waste tax payer's fund on investigation dat will neva bring a single result, so all d Ribadu panel we're hearing abuot na J̶̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇t so d panel take end witut any result, nawa for dis Nation o

  5. Dis okupe is d dullest n stupid person I've ever seen. I wonder wat he'll tell God regardin all his lies whn he meets him. IDIOT.

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