Gravesites used to hide looted cash in Nige­ria

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LA­GOS — The Nige­rian anti-graft agency has re­port­edly been told by whis­tle blow­ers that loot­ers are hid­ing money at ceme­ter­ies.

Ac­cord­ing to East African, In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Lai Mohammed claimed to have re­ceived nu­mer­ous re­ports of loot­ers also bury­ing money in deep forests and their back­yards.

Se­nior Spe­cial Ad­vi­sor to the min­is­ter, Se­gun Adeyemi, was quoted as say­ing that, since a whis­tle blower pol­icy had been in­tro­duced, the gov­ern­ment had re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from Nige­ri­ans.

He fur­ther stated that the min­is­ter was grate­ful to Nige­ri­ans for their re­solve in help­ing the gov­ern­ment tackle graft by pro­vid­ing use­ful leads to gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

“Yes, there is mon­e­tary re­ward for any in­for­ma­tion that leads to re­cov­ery of looted funds, but from what we have seen; most of the Nige­ri­ans who have come for­ward with use­ful leads were driven by pa­tri­o­tism, rather than re­ward. Nige­ri­ans have daily in­un­dated the of­fices of the ap­pro­pri­ate gov­ern­ment agen­cies with valu­able in­for­ma­tion,’” Adeyemi was quoted as say­ing.

The west African na­tion’s gov­ern­ment promised to pro­tect and hand out hefty re­wards to whis­tle blow­ers, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Whis­tle blow­ers could be en­ti­tled to be­tween 2.5 per­cent and 5 per­cent of funds re­cov­ered from in­for­ma­tion they pro­vide about cor­rup­tion, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Kemi Adeo­sun, was quoted as say­ing in De­cem­ber last year. — AFP

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