Did EFCC Lie About Paying Ikoyi Money Whistle-Blower?
Lawyer to the whistle-blower that led to the recovery of $43.5 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million at No. 16 Osborne Road, Flat 7B Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos has blown his own whistle.
Barrister Yakubu Galadima said, contrary to reports that his client has taken delivery of his reward, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has not paid him a dime.
EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu had said on Wednesday, at the 7th session of the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, that the individual who helped uncover the Ikoyi apartment money had become a millionaire.
“We are currently working on the young man because this is just a man who has not seen one million naira of his own before.
“So he is under counseling on how to make use of the money and also the security implication. We don’t want anything bad to happen to him after taking delivery of his entitlement. He is a national pride.”
But Barrister Galadima said his client has not been paid even after several letters to the commission and the Vice President.
“The truth is that this guy has not been paid a penny,” Galadima told Premium Times.
“In fact, from April till date, the guy has been living under my meagre resources, his security was just zero. I’ve had to relocate this guy from one place to another so nobody knows his whereabouts.”
“The moment the final forfeiture was made, I wrote a comprehensive letter to Magu, attaching the judgement, and said court has made a final forfeiture, where is the reward and commission of the whistleblowers?”
“In fact, the letter was addressed to the Acting President then through the Office of the Acting Chairman since the money was recovered by the EFCC. That was the first letter.”
Galadima said he wrote a reminder one month later, yet, nothing has changed for his client who now appears frustrated.
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