Anthony Forson, Abuja: Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says the Federal Government’s Whistle-blowing policy has started yielding results as it has so far led to the recovery of One hundred and Fifty One Million US Dollars Eight Billion Naira in looted funds.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister Segun Adeyemi said, the looted funds, which do not include the $9.2 million in cash allegedly owned by a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, which was also a dividend of the whistle-blower policy, were recovered from just three sources through whistle-blowers who gave actionable information to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the
The biggest amount of $136,676,600.51 was recovered from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name, followed by 7 billion Naira and $15 million from another person and 1 billion Naira from yet another.
Lai Mohammed reiterated that When the Federal Government told Nigerians that there was a primitive and mindless looting of the national treasury under the last Administration, some skeptics denied it.
However, the whistle-blowing policy is barely two months old and Nigerians have started feeling its impact, seeing how a few people squirrelled away public funds.
It is doubtful if any economy in the world will not feel the impact of such mind-boggling looting of the treasury as was experienced in Nigeria the Minister maintained.
He added that whatever has been recovered so far, including the $9.2 million by the EFCC, is just a tip of the iceberg and appealed to Nigerians with useful information on looted funds to continue to provide the authorities with such information,
saying confidentiality will be maintained with regards to the source of the information.
The Minister also reminded Nigerians of the financial reward aspect of the policy, saying “If there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public funds or assets on the account of the information provided, the whistle blower may be entitled to anywhere between 2.5% (Minimum) and 5.0% (Maximum) of the total amount recovered.”