Magu never said whistle­blower had been paid – EFCC

Sunday Trust - - NEWS -

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) has clar­i­fied re­marks cred­ited to its act­ing chair­man, Mr Ibrahim Magu, con­cern­ing the Ikoyi whistle­blower on Thurs­day.

Spokesman of the com­mis­sion, Mr Wil­son Uwu­jaren, said in a state­ment on Fri­day that Magu never said the whistle­blower had been paid his com­pen­sa­tion as be­ing in­sin­u­ated in a sec­tion of the me­dia.

The in­for­mant had pro­vided in­tel­li­gence that led to the re­cov­ery of $43.5 mil­lion, £27,800 and N23.2 mil­lion stashed in an apart­ment on Os­borne Tow­ers in Ikoyi, Lagos on April 7.

By the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s whistle­blower pol­icy that took ef­fect in De­cem­ber, 2016 in­for­mants are en­ti­tled to be­tween two and five per cent of the looted money they helped to re­cover.

Uwu­jaren had quoted the EFCC act­ing chair­man as say­ing in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, that the Ikoyi whistle­blower, was now a mil­lion­aire by “virtue of the per­cent­age he is of­fi­cially en­ti­tled to’’.

“We are cur­rently work­ing on the young man be­cause this is just a man who has not seen one mil­lion Naira of his own be­fore.

“So, he is un­der coun­selling on how to make good use of the money and also the se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tion.

“We don’t want any­thing bad to hap­pen to him af­ter tak­ing de­liv­ery of his en­ti­tle­ment. He is a na­tional pride”, he re­port­edly told a United Na­tions anti-cor­rup­tion con­fer­ence.

How­ever, one Yakubu Gal­adima claim­ing to be a lawyer to the whistle­blower re­port­edly coun­tered the EFCC boss, say­ing his client had not been paid.

Gal­adima also re­port­edly said that the re­cov­ered amount “was N17 bil­lion and not the N13 bil­lion be­ing de­clared’’.

How­ever, Uwu­jaren said; “What Magu said at the 7th Ses­sion of the Coun­cil of State Par­ties to the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion Against Cor­rup­tion in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, was that cit­i­zens should be en­cour­aged to em­brace whis­tle blow­ing be­cause of the in­cen­tives at­tached.


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