The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has proffered “reasons” why the federal government has not been able to pay the whistleblower that led the government to the discovery of the famous Ikoyi loot in Lagos State.
According to Lai Mohammed, more than one person is laying claim to the discovery, saying “we have authentic, fake whistleblowers”.
Lai Mohammed further said: “It’s very complex because we have the authentic and fake whistleblowers”.
The Minister was quoted by Vanguard as saying during a visit to Leadership Newspaper on Tuesday:
“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 whistleblower.
“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 whistleblower and fake whistleblower, 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.”
Presently, two persons are laying claim to the money, one Bala Maina, Steven Sunday, and Sherrif on the one part, and one Abdulmumini Musa on the other part.
The trio of Bala Maina, Steven Sunday, and Sherrif filed a suit seeking an injunction restraining Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun from paying anyone besides them.
Meanwhile, Abdulmumini Musa has also filed a suit against the federal government at the federal high court, Abuja.
He sought court order to compel Mrs Adeosun and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to recognise him as the beneficiary.
In another development, however, Adeosun was recently quoted as saying that the federal government is tarrying to pay the whistleblower because there are fears he might ‘run mad’.
She argued that the beneficiary has not possessed wealth of such immense proportion, hence might lose control if endowed with such sudden wealth.
An analyst with Elombah.com, in reaction, challenged the rationale of such proposition.
He reasoned that the government is not in a position to decide what happens to the recipient, rather, its duty is to pay him accordingly.
On the other hand, he added that if Adeosun is genuinely concerned with the whistleblower’s welfare, all she needs do is to pay him and appoint an investor, acceptably a banker.
The appointee will then invest and guide the investment until the owner is enlightened enough to total take charge of his wealth.
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