The EFCC has clarified remarks credited to its Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, concerning the Ikoyi whistleblower on Thursday. Spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Friday that Magu never said the whistleblower who provided intelligence that led to the recovery of $43.5m, £27,800 and N23.2m stashed in an apartment on Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos on April 7.had been paid his compensation as being insinuated in a section of the media.
Uwujaren had quoted the EFCC acting chairman as saying in Vienna, Austria, that the Ikoyi whistleblower was now a millionaire by “virtue of the percentage he is officially entitled to’’. Uwularen said inter alia:
“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 good 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”.
What Magu said at the 7th Session of the Council of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Vienna, Austria, was that citizens should be encouraged to embrace whistle blowing because of the incentives attached. To illustrate this, he stated that the gentleman who provided the information that triggered the huge recovery at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi was already a millionaire based on the incentive in the whistle blower policy where information providers are entitled to between 2.5 and 5 per cent of the recovered sum. Magu never said that the young man has been paid. The commission is not even directly responsible for the payment of rewards to whistle blowers.’’