Following the arrest of Mr Ifeanyi Uba of Capital Oil, the presidency has directed anti-graft agencies to go after all those involved in the fuel subsidy scam with a warning that there is no sacred cow in the anti-corruption war.
Uba, who is known to be a close ally of powerful figures in government, was
recently arrested and detained by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police
over his involvement in the fuel subsidy scam.
The exclusion of some big names in the initial arraignment of some marketers
over the subsidy scam had led to allegations that the Federal Government was
shielding some big names involved in the scam and targeting only the small
A government source told the Nigerian Tribune that the arrest of Uba, who is
seen as an untouchable, was to send signals to all that the government had no
sacred cows and that all those involved in the scam would face the wrath of the
“Those who think we are going after lowly elements can now see how serious we
are. The arrest of Uba is a game changer and I can tell you that this
administration will do more in terms of fishing out those fraudulent elements,”
the source said.
“Those who think they are untouchables, those who think they can sabotage
government after getting involved in the scam can learn from Uba. We are not
going to spare anyone found wanting“,the source said.
It was also gathered that the administration is pushing to ensure that all
those arrested are not left off the hook as feared by many Nigerians with the
official assuring that “the law will take its course and we will ensure diligent
“For the cynics, this is the time for them to be convinced about the
seriousness with which we take this anti-corruption war. We are taken the war to
a new level and the citizens should be rest assured that the level of
seriousness is now at an all time high levels.
“More arrests are coming. Investigations are going on all fronts and in due
course, more actions will be taken by the government. Nigerians should no longer
think that the anti-corruption war is a joke. We are dead serious“,the source
Meanwhile the arrest of Uba has reportedly created panic among many marketers
especially those that are indicted but are yet to be arrested.