Shell Energy Entrepreneurs banner Yudala banner
Controversy deepens over Ikoyi billions as another whistleblower emerges

By News Express on 14/11/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 477

•Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos
•Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos

The last has not been heard of the controversies surrounding the payment of the 5% commission to the whistleblower who gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tips that led to the recovery of $43.4 million, N23.3 million and 27,800 Euros that was stashed in an apartment at the Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos, on April 22, 2017 as the original whistleblowers have petitioned the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, PRNigeria has learnt on good authority.

In a petition dated August 24th, 2017 addressed to the AGF and received on September 8th, 2017, solicitors to the claimants, No Limit Legal Partners, on behalf of Abdulmumin Musa, Mr Stephen Sunday and Mr Bala Usman told the AGF that his clients by the workings of EFCC have shortchanged the whistleblowers by bringing others who were not the arrowhead of the whistleblowing.

The solicitors noted: “Our clients informed us sometime in December 2016 that three (3) of them voluntarily walked into the office of the EFCC at 15A Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos and gave vital information that led to the recovery of over N13 billion at the Ikoyi Towers, Lagos.”

The Legal Practitioners further told the AGF that “upon subsequent visit to give a detailed information as required by the commission to raid the Tower, they were told if the operation was successful, 5% of the amount recovered will be their take-home within 72 hours of recovery, they were also cautioned that if the information happened to be false, then they will definitely be in trouble which the three mentioned above accepted because they were sure of their facts”.

The petition continues: “That when the operation was carried out, it was successful but since then they have not received any commendation by the commission, let alone give any reward as stated even though the EFCC have their names and phone numbers”.

The Petitioners said rather than to do the needful, some of the EFCC staff gave them further information that they were not the only people who gave them information on the Ikoyi Tower as others were also involved without mentioning them.

Upon various meetings by the three persons, they agreed to go back and meet the Head of EFCC operations, Alhaji Samaila Muhammed and were told on their visit that the numbers have increased to nine(9) who made the report urging them to bring the remaining persons.

When contacted on the matter, the Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance on Media and Communications, Mr. Yinka Akintunde said that such issues be referred to EFCC and not the responsibility of the Ministry. He added that the ministry comes in when the rightful persons were duly recognised by the relevant authorities for payment after due process.

When PRNigeria contacted the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr Wilsom Uwujaren, to explain the role of the commission on the matter, he said several persons have in the past besieged the commission to say that they were part of whistleblowing. He confirmed that that the commission has records of the original whistleblowers of the Ikoyi Towers stressing that all will be done to make sure that the right persons are paid accordingly.

Meanwhile, PRNigeria has learnt that the petitioners are heading to the court to stop the payment to wrong persons who were not involved in the whistleblowing. They added that two clear months after the submission of the petition to the AGF, nothing concrete had been done by the Minister to look into their matter.

They alleged that the EFCC sold out in the processes leading to the recovery of the said amount, stating that the development would discourage genuine whistleblowers in the fight against corruption by the present administration.

There were recent controversies as to whether the whistleblower had already been paid or not between the EFCC and the Ministry of Finance.

Explaining the development, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Sunday gave reasons why the whistleblower who gave EFCC tips that led to the recovery of $43.4 million, N23.3 million and 27,800 Euros at the Ikoyi apartment has not been paid.

Her response came at a time that Nigerians placed the blames on the doorstep of the federal government over its unwillingness to pay the whistleblower his 5% commission as enshrined in the policy.

The Minister further said in a press statement: “The Federal Government has not withheld any fund due to any whistleblower. The Ministry has in place detailed procedures for processing payments due under the Whistleblower Policy. The procedures were designed to prevent abuse and legal disputes and to ensure protection of the information providers.

“These procedures include an application by the agency who recovered the funds including evidence of the recovery, confirmation that there are no pending legal issues on the recovery, verification of the identity of the information provider, calculation of the amount payable and computation of relevant taxes.” (PRNigeria)

Source News Express

Posted 14/11/2017 7:45:07 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Miracle drug saves 2 Ebola victims

Crocodile Smile: Troops capture cultists, pirates, drug addicts...

Social Media Accounts: Count me out, says Emir...

Okupe’s ‘prophecy’: APC WILL CRUMBLE AND DISAPPEAR BY...

Stop flying; travel by road, Bello tells Fashola,...

Okorocha throws weight behind Aisha, says Buhari must...

As The ‘Boss’ assumes office

Forgery case, a cross I’m prepared to carry:...

Full list of PDP’s new national leadership

Big loss for Pastor Chris as fire guts...

TV star drowns on set of popular soap...

Elechi faults state assembly over frozen account

 

Latest News 12 killed, 48 wounded in Maiduguri suicide bomb attack 6 killed in fresh Benue attacks American, Canadian kidnapped in Kaduna, 2 police escorts killed Wicked grandma burns 9-year-old granddaughter’s hands for eating brother’s food Fake healer held over fake pregnancies School children donate household items to troops fighting insurgency in North-East Seek justice and reparation for victims of attacks by herdsmen, SERAP tells Buhari UK Prime Minister appoints Minister for Loneliness Bauchi Fertiliser Company set to take over northern market Ohanaeze President General dismisses accident rumour Militancy: Bayelsa professionals seek investigation of Sylva, Lokpobiri Umeh unfolds agenda as Senator for Anambra Central

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (314,594 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (303,739 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (243,866 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (200,976 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (189,691 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (178,948 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (155,228 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (139,182 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (135,853 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (124,191 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (121,328 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (118,712 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (33) Business (2,850) Business Verdict (32) Columnists (790) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (200) Entertainment (431) Features (541) Global Business Monitor (222) International (1,743) Interviews (139) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (100) News (31,951) Opinion (864) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,351) Religion (666) Sports (1,405) Stock Watch (25) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN Banner advert

CBN Words on marble

 

 

Thierry Henry in Lagos Nigeria

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!