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Encouraging whistle-blowers with promised reward

Evidently, the whistle-blowing policy has given momentum to the anti-corruption campaign. Since it was unfurled in December last year, no fewer than 2,251 actionable pieces of information on loot recovery had been passed on to the Federal Government by Nigerians.

Government had promised between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent incentive to any whistle-blower. With its cascading positive result, government should scrupulously keep faith with its reward pledge. As of February 12, less than two months since the policy was announced, it had led to the recovery of $151.7m and N8bn from three sources, according to the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

This does not include the $9.8m cash owned by a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that was discovered in a dingy apartment in a Kaduna suburb. “The biggest amount of money, the sum of $136.7m, was recovered from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name. This was followed by N7bn and $15m from another person and N1bn,” the minister said.

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