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Reason FG has not paid Ikoyi whistle blower

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The Minister of Culture and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Tuesday that the Federal Government has not been able to pay the Ikoyi whistle blower because of the controversy that surrounded it.

The government had vowed to pay a statutory 5 per cent to anyone who uncover and reveal information on looted money and its location.

Mr. Lai Mohammed who visited Leadership newspaper  yesterday explained that  the became more complicated when two people are currently laying claims to the amount and since the identity of the real owner cannot be disclosed, it behooves on the government to follow due process in arriving at the true owner of the money.

‘‘It is a bit complicated because more than one person is claiming the money and we do not want to disclose the identity of the Whistle blower.

‘‘We have a very unique situation in our hand at the moment; it is so complex and complicated. One said we should not pay the other and the other one has gone to court. ‘Now we have the authentic whistle blower and fake whistle blower, we hope to find out the real person. Ordinarily, a whistle blower should be anonymous. However, we are working very closely to ensure that such thing never happens again.’’

The minister said that the current administration had recovered about N8 billion, $53 million from whistle blowers and in addition recovered 54 houses and N78 billion from an individual.


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