Thursday, 14 December 2017

Ikoyi Whistle Blower Did not Run Mad, Lawyer Replies Sage

The federal government has paid the Ikoyi whistle-blower part of his commission. 

This was confirmed by his lawyer who also said he has left the country The government promised to pay the rest in 2019 The whistle-blower who provided information to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that helped with the recovery of $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) has reportedly received payment from the federal government. 

The federal government in its new whistle-blower scheme had promised to pay 5% to anyone who provides information that will lead to the recovery of monies from crime proceeds.

The Punch report that Yakubu Galadima who is the lawyer to the whistle-blower confirmed on Wednesday, December 13, that his client has received part of the commission from the federal government. He also confirmed that his client left the country less than 24 hours after the payment was made to him. Galadima applauded the federal government for finally honouring its promise although only part of the N421 million reward has been paid. 

The lawyer however said the government promised to pay the rest in 2018. He said: “My client confirmed to me that he had received a credit alert from the Federal Government. He travelled out of the country this morning (Wednesday morning). “He has been paid the first instalment but there were many tax deductions. Yes, we are happy. I will give you more details later but I can confirm now that he has received some money. “As you can see, my client did not run mad as predicted by Prof. Itse Sagay.” 

The recovery of the monies from the Osborne Towers led to the suspension and eventual dismissal of Ayo Oke, the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency. It was reported that the money was approved by former president Goodluck Jonathan through the office of the embattled national security adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki. Some reports gathered that Kemi Adeosun, the minister of finance, had two weeks ago said that the federal government would pay the sum of N421,330,595 to the Ikoyi whistle-blower. Though several people have so far laid claims to providing information that led to the recovery of the Ikoyi fund, the minister said that only one individual identified for providing information that led to the recovery of the alleged stolen funds would be paid.

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