The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed Friday, said the Federal Government has received no fewer than 400,000 telephone messages from whistleblowers on looted funds.
He said Federal Government’s optimism rests on Nigerians’ massive embrace of the policy.
A web portal, http://whistle.finance.gov.ng, has been launched by the Whistleblower Unit (WBU), a multi-agency team, resident in Federal Ministry of Finance Headquarters, an “online portal through which information bordering on violation of financial regulations, mismanagement of public funds and assets, financial malpractice or fraud and theft that is deemed to be in the interest of the public can be disclosed.”
- The Minister advised more Nigerians to “take advantage of the Federal Government’s Whistleblower Policy even though it is clear that people’s interest is being sustained.
- “As of 21st September this year, we had received a number of communication totaling 2940 and this includes enquiries, tips, compliments and general advice from the public.
- “We have received, through our Whistleblower website, 208 enquiries , and 1580 telephone calls.
- Government, he added, has recently received 35 classified tips and another set of 546 unclassified ones.
- “We have received 79 tips through telephone calls; 413, 213 through SMS and 145 through our websites.
- “Through e-mails, we received 109,” he said.
- “From all the tips received and reviewed, only 321 have been deemed to be actionable. These are tips that can be worked upon for further action,” he stated.
- Mohammed said on February that the policy had yielded $136,676,600.51 from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name.
- This was followed by the recovery of N7 billion and $15 million from another person and 1 billion Naira from yet another.
- This is besides the $9.2 million in cash traced to a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC. In all, over $160million had been recovered in February.
- Later in June, the Federal Ministry of Finance said it had paid N375.8 million to 20 providers of information under the Whistleblower Policy.