Whistle-blowers: 282 Nigerians provide 154 actionable intelligence in three months

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Three months into the federal government’s new whistleblowing policy, it has received 282 tips out of which 154 were actionable, an official has said.

In a statement on Friday, Festus Akanbi, the media assistant to the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said some of the actionable tips involved “contract inflation and conversion of government asset to personal use”, “ghost workers” and “payment of unapproved funds.”

Mr. Akanbi listed the telephone numbers and websites where whistle-blowers can provide tips. He did not, however, mention the exact amount and number of whistle-blowers that have been paid.

The federal government had in December 2016 announced the policy saying whistle-blowers could get between 2.5 and 5 per cent of money regained from the information they provide while their identity would be protected.

Read Mr. Akanbi’s full statement below.


Communication includes enquiries, tips, compliments and general advice from the public.

  1. Website (www.whistle.finance.gov.ng)  – 95
  2. Calls – (09098067946) – 1,550
  3. SMS – 412
  4. Emails ( whistle@finance.gov.ng) – 194
  1. Tips received through Calls – 49
  2. Tips received through SMS – 87
  3. Tips received through Website – 95
  4. Tips received through E-mail – 51


Some of the tip types include:

  1. Contract Inflation and Conversion of Government Assets to Personal use
  2. Ghost workers

iii. Payment of unapproved funds

  1. Embezzlement of salaries of terminated personnel
  2. Improper reduction of financial penalties
  3. Diversion of Funds meant for distribution to a particular group of people (farmers)

vii. Diversion of funds to personal commercial Bank Accounts to earn interest

viii. Non-Remittance of Pension & NHIS Deductions

  1. Failure to Implement projects for which funds have been provided
  2. Embezzlement of funds received from Donor agencies
  3. Embezzlement of funds meant for payment of Personnel emoluments

xii. Violation of TSA regulations by keeping funds in Commercial banks

xiii. Violation of FIRS (VAT) regulation by adjusting Value Added Tax payment

xiv. Non-procurement of equipment required for Aviation Safety

  1. Money laundering and Diversion of funds meant for approved projects

xvi. Illegal Sale of Government Assets

xvii. Diversion of Revenue (IGR)

xviii. Financial misappropriations (embezzlement)

xix. Concealed bailout funds

  1. Mismanagement of Microfinance banks

xxi. Illegal Recruitments

xxii. Violation of procurement Act


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  • obamajack2

    This will reduce financial crimes in our society. Your partner or an errand may be a whistle blower of your crime.

  • K-kay

    Great Team, more grease to your elbow. Nigerians are behind you.

  • Du Covenant

    Great move!, this is the 21st century and we use everything at our disposal to fish out the bad eggs in our midst.
    Additionally, family members, close associates of these bad people should be rounded up during the investigation, the same way terrorists are handled elsewhere!.

  • Rommel

    How many countries will survive these types of crimes in their public sector?

  • Impulse400

    The official did not say how many whistle blowers that gave actionable tips were paid. Premium times should try and investigate if those belonging to this category are still alive, and if the un-actionable tips are actually un-actionbale because they belong to APC oligarch.

  • dele20

    Nigeria is becoming great, we all say no to corruption