Ikoyi whistleblower has received part payment, travelled out of Nigeria – Lawyer

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The Federal Government has paid part of the commission to the whistleblower who pointed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the N13bn found in an Ikoyi apartment, Punch reports.

Background:

The EFCC had discovered $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) in an apartment in Osbourne Ikoyi, Lagos in April.

According to the Federal Government’s whistleblower policy, the whistleblower was expected to get N421m as rewards.

However, the whistleblower’s lawyer had raised alarm that he was yet to be paid.

At least three persons had also laid claim to the commission.

What is happening:

His lawyer, Yakubu Galadima confirmed the part payment.

He also disclosed that the whistleblower has travelled abroad after receiving part of his rewards.

“My client confirmed to me that he had received a credit alert from the federal government. He travelled out of the country this morning (Wednesday morning),” he was quoted to have said.

Yakubu added that the FG has promised to pay his client his balance next year.

Galadima added: “He has been paid the first instalment but there were many tax deductions.

“Yes, we are happy. I will give you more details later but I can confirm now that he has received some money.”

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