Ikoyi whistleblower threatens to sue FG for non-payment of reward


Yakubu Galadima, lawyer to the whistleblower who pointed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 found in an Ikoyi apartment has said his client may sue the Federal Government.

Why it matters:

  • The Federal Government had launched the whistleblower policy, which states that whistleblowers are entitled to 3% of loots they help recover.
  • EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu had recently stated that the Ikoyi loot whistleblower was already a millionaire and being counselled on how to spend his money.
  • The whistleblower however raised an alarm that he has not been paid his percentage.
  • In its response, the EFCC stated that it was not responsible for payment of rewards to whistleblowers.

What he said:

In an interview on Saturday, Galadima said his client will sue the Federal Government for fraud if he does not get paid soon.

When asked if he would sue the government, he said, “That is one of the options but we have many options.”

He added, “Before now I had a discussion with Alhaji Lai Mohammed who directed me to speak with a lady in the office of the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Tolu Kasali. I had a discussion with her and she told me that she would see what the government could do about it.

“My client’s concern is that time is of the essence. The guy wants to relocate from the country. There is no time and his life is in danger. He is jobless at the moment. He is not doing anything right now and in fact he is a burden on me.”

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