Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while speaking at the inauguration of Human Rights Radio in Abuja disclosed that a whistle blower turned down commission from a recovered N1 billion loot.
I want to put on record that the fellow through whom we recovered N1 billion, in an account, told us he does not want any commission from government because that was his contribution to the country.
Though this person turned down the compensation, the minister reassured the public that appropriate commission will be paid to anyone who provides information leading to recovery of money through the whistle blowing policy. Furthermore, he stated that the government is ready to implement measures aimed at halting difficult times in Nigeria.
The minister further revealed that $9.7 stashed away by the former general managing director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu was recovered as a result of the whistle blower policy.
“The greatest assaults to our collective human rights are those people who have stolen our money. They are those people who have pocketed the money meant for roads, water, power and medical care. Those are the people who have assaulted our collective human rights, who have reduced the average Nigerians to nothingness and humiliated this country.
“The whistle-blowing policy is a very simple policy through which we encourage Nigerians who have any information about the violation of our rights, commission of a crime, fraud or corruption or any Nigerian who knows where certain money is being held or kept to anonymously contact us. We will protect his or her identity and if the information leads to the recovery of money, he or she will be entitled to 2.5 per cent or 5 per cent of the money recovered.
“We have three channels of passing the information which could be through dedicated SMS, a portal and an e-mail address and all of them are secured,’’ he said.
So far, the minister claims $160 million and N8 billion have recovered since the whistle blowers policy was announced two months ago. The $9.7 million and £72,000 stashed in Sabon Tasha by former NNPC boss, Andrew Yakubu he said were recovered through this policy.
“Somebody gave us the information; we went there and saw the money loaded in fridges and boxes and the owner has admitted that the money belong to him.
He said the money was given to him by friends after he retired and we want those friends to come forward,’’ said Mohammed.