The Ikoyi Whistleblower just got his Christmas present early, as the Federal Government of Nigeria has paid part of the N421 Million Naira promised. The unknown whistleblower who helped the FG discover $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) from N0 16 Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos has jetted out of the country immediately receiving the alert from the Ministry of Finance!
The Lawyer of Ikoyi’s whistleblower Mr. Yakubu Galadima confirmed that the payment has been received and that his client did not run mad upon seeing the alert. Mr. Yakubu Galadima, however, said that only part payment was made, adding that the Federal Government promised to make the full payment next year. Tax of course was deducted from the payment.
The N13bn recovered from the Osborne Towers was said to have been part of the $289,202,382 the NIA received from the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2015.
The transaction was purportedly approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan through the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
On paper, the transaction was known as an intervention fund for national security or special services with the aim of fighting insurgency during the six weeks period between February 14 and March 28 after the election was postponed.
However, the operatives of the EFCC believe that the money was meant to finance the 2015 general elections.
Although the money has been recovered and part payment made to the whistleblower, no one has been prosecuted yet. Just like a lot of people have been fingered in the past by the EFCC, no arrestment or prosecution has been made yet.