Nigerian govt pledges to review cases of citizens punished for exposing corruption

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Against the uproar that followed the recent sack of a whistle-blower by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the federal government has promised to look into cases of Nigerians who got punished for helping to expose corruption.

Ntia Thompson, an assistant director in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, was sacked for exposing an alleged $229,000 fraud among top officials of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa, DTCA.

The sack of Mr. Thompson is seen as a big blow to the government’s whistle-blower policy which is meant to encourage the citizens to help in exposing corruption.

A civic group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, had given the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, a seven-day ultimatum to recall Mr. Thompson.

“Impunity for reprisals against Mr Thompson would send a message to all potential whistle-blowers that your ministry lacks the commitment to their protection,” the deputy director of SERAP, Timothy Adewale, said in a letter to the minister.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday, restated the government’s resolve to protect whistle-blowers, as well as reward them.

“For those who may have suffered any backlash as a result of the information they provide, their cases will be reviewed and appropriate mitigating actions taken,” a statement issued by the ministry quoted Mr. Mohammed as saying.

The statement said Mr. Mohammed’s assurance followed presentations made to the Presidential Asset Recovery Committee by concerned citizens and groups about the safety of whistle-blowers.

Mr. Mohammed said further, “Whistle-blowers have nothing to fear because the committee has put in place the necessary measures to safeguard those who give useful information. As a matter of fact, whistle-blowers have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”

The minister reiterated the government’s readiness to reward whistle-blowers.

“If a whistle-blower provides information leading to the recovery of 10 billion naira, he or she will receive 5% of the first 1 billion naira, 4% of the next 4 billion naira and 2.5% of the remaining 5 billion naira,” Mr. Mohammed said indicating a whistle blower would get N335 million for every N10 billion fraud exposed.

“What we have done by making this information public is to reassure potential whistle-blowers that the plan to reward is real. We are not just saying we will pay all whistle-blowers, but we are letting them know in advance what they are entitled to, once the information they provide leads to the recovery of looted funds,” Mr. Mohammed said.


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  • Every informant has a price to pay to pay if caught and a reward if successfully executed to the reward bargain. But in general, an informant or whistle blower stands a great danger any day any time.

    • Night Crawler

      If the whistle blower gives information, its classified and will not be exposed to anyone our side the security or anti graph agency

    • dpfrank

      Protection is guaranteed by government, no need to worry

  • Every informant has a price to pay if caught and a reward if successfully executed to the reward bargain. But in general, an informant or whistle blower stands a great danger any day any time.

    • Night Crawler

      They will be well protected and nothing will happen to whistle blower.

      • SpeakOut

        Definitely, this govt have their citizens in minds.

    • dele20

      God is the protector of those who are pure in heart
      God is in control of those who love their country and fight against corruption
      God was in control of Israel and fought against Goliath of philistine
      God was in control of Israel and destroyed Pharaoh and his host in red sea.

      Let us love Nigeria and fight against the enemies of progress of our nation who want to use corruption as a device tool to pull our nation down

      Let us be a good device of CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME and wholeheartedly fight against corruption.

      Mr. Thompson has done the right thing

    • dpfrank

      Government has promised to protect every whistle blower

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Dis govt is so transparency dat nigerians need to suppose dem to fight against those bad politician dat have taking wot belong to us…kudos to lai…u re a man of better hope…

    • dele20

      Of course yes, for transparency and incorruptibility, this administration possesses it

  • LagosBoy

    This review must be done swiftly as this punishment would make Nigerians shy away from exposing corruption and this will dent a blow to the administration fight against corruption..
    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all..

    • Olatubosun

      You are correct guy

    • woman leader1

      Very true

    • dele20

      Amen

    • front man

      Correct

    • SpeakOut

      True talk.

  • Olatubosun

    You spoke well sir my honorable minister of information…..

    We must wipe out corruption from this country of ours

    • dele20

      Nigeria has to be sanitized from corruption

  • Olatubosun

    Nigeria will rise again let’s support the agent of change for the brighter future of our glorious country

    • dele20

      Nigeria will always stand

  • Olatubosun

    No more corruption in Nigeria

    • dele20

      We Nigerians absolutely go against corruption

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed…… Thanks for always updating us

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, HMIC is the voice of the masses

  • Olatubosun

    The mouth piece of the nation……..

    The best minister among the ministers..

    The man ready to fight for his country…

    God bless Alhaji Lai Mohammed..

    • dele20

      Amen

  • woman leader1

    This is the man of the people, well done sir for always doing your best to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

  • woman leader1

    May Almighty God continue to bless Nigeria and our leaders, Amen.

  • Night Crawler

    This is a welcome development and it will help expose public officials who has steals from the tresury

  • dele20

    This administration gives no room for punishing whoever exposes corruption

    • stackCrawler

      That’s the real deal

  • dele20

    Nigeria is getting great, we wholeheartedly support this administration and say no to corruption

    • front man

      We all say no to corruption

      • dele20

        Yes ooooo

        • stackCrawler

          That’s it

      • stackCrawler

        Gbam

    • stackCrawler

      For sure

  • dele20

    Our competent minister Lai Muhammad had already revealed that the whistleblowers will surely be rewarded and protected

    • front man

      Yeah

      • stackCrawler

        Naso

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you on that

  • dpfrank

    Good move from government

    • front man

      Well said

      • stackCrawler

        GBam

    • SpeakOut

      A very big one, this show that this govt is ready to protect HER citizens.

    • stackCrawler

      THats it

  • SpeakOut

    This will definitely give the whistle-blower confident, and this is a good sign of good protection.

    • stackCrawler

      Yeah ooo

  • front man

    The best HMIC of our time

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you

  • Spectre echo’s

    HMIC all the way

    • stackCrawler

      That’s it

  • Spectre echo’s

    This man is just the best of his peers

    • stackCrawler

      The very best

  • Spectre echo’s

    Giving the right information at the right the time

    • stackCrawler

      THsts it

  • Spectre echo’s

    This is a man living up to his duties and responsibilities

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you

  • Spectre echo’s

    God bless HMIC, God bless Nigeria and God punish Corruption.

    • SpeakOut

      Amen.

    • stackCrawler

      That’s it

  • progressive

    Kudos HMIC at least the government have been able to give the whistle blower more confident to expose those who have loots our resources.

    • stackCrawler

      Big kudos to HMIC all the way

  • progressive

    Hmic is the best man for the job is a man of integrity God will Continue to strengthen him

    • stackCrawler

      HMIC all the way

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you on that

  • progressive

    Hmic is a man of his words

    • stackCrawler

      That’s it

  • stackCrawler

    We support our honorable minister all the way

  • stackCrawler

    Alh Lai Mohammed has spoken