More Ikoyi N13 billion ‘whistle-blowers’ emerge, want payment of commission stopped

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Some individuals who say they passed the information that led to the recovery of funds at an apartment in Lagos have dragged the Nigerian government to court.

Abdulmumin Musa, Stephen Sunday and Bala Usman say they approached the EFCC in Lagos in December 2016 and informed the agency about the N13 billion which the National Intelligence Agency claimed it kept for “covert operations” in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The claim by the three men contradicts earlier admission by the EFCC and the finance ministry that another whistleblower was on the verge of being paid a commission for the operation.

In a lawsuit filed on November 22 at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, the trio demanded immediate suspension of payments to anyone else but themselves.

Public relations consultants, PR Nigeria, disclosed details of the lawsuit to PREMIUM TIMES Monday afternoon.

PR Nigeria explained that lawyers to the trio had written to Attorney-General Abubakar Malami in August, accusing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of shortchanging the whistleblowers by bringing others who were not the arrowhead of the whistle blowing.

The solicitors noted that “Our clients informed us sometime in December 2016 that three (3) of them voluntarily walked into the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) at 15A Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos and gave vital information that led to the recovery of over N13 billion at the Ikoyi Towers, Lagos.”

The lawyers further told the AGF that “upon subsequent visit to give a detailed information as required by the commission to raid the tower, they were told if the operation was successful, 5% of the amount recovered will be their take home within 72 hours of recovery, they were also cautioned that if the information happened to be false, then they will definitely be in trouble which the three mentioned above accepted because they were sure of their facts”.

The petition continues: “That when the operation was carried out, it was successful but since then they have not received any commendation by the commission, let alone give any reward as stated even though the EFCC have their names and phone numbers”.

The petitioners said rather than do the needful, some of the EFCC staff gave them further information that they were not the only people who gave them information on the Ikoyi Tower as others were also involved without mentioning them.

Upon various meetings by the three persons mentioned above, they agreed to go back and meet the Head of EFCC operations, Samaila Muhammed, and were told on their visit that the numbers have increased to nine who made the report. They were urged to bring the remaining persons.

The lawsuit could complicate matters for both the EFCC and an alleged whistleblower who was said to have been sent to a psychiatric facility after he protested the delay in the payment of his due commission.

The whistleblower, who was not identified, was represented by Yakubu Galadima, a lawyer who said the EFCC had placed the burden of caring for the whistleblower on him in the aftermath of the discovery.


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  • Slygboish

    Obviously, this government is trying to wiggle out of paying the real whistle-blower by using this method. Now I seriously fear for his life. The guy don go blow whistle for the thing wey pass am. That Ikoyi money na so so controversy.

    • FreeNigeria

      the guy should have helped himself to the money and walk away quietly. Nigerians are too greedy and wicked for anything good

  • Sanssouci

    So much for confidentiality and anonymity…. these 3 chaps are now totally in danger

  • So oju abe niko

    And the plot thickens.. Whistle-blowing is turning out to be a dangerous game.

  • Olalekanazeez78

    Nigerians re criminally minded. Many of them re evil. When it comes to money, they can do anything

  • Jon

    Tear down the current status quo that is benefiting the parasitic North and enslaving the whole South. All that the South wants is be equal partners in a united Nigeria.

  • FreeNigeria

    When it comes to money, Nigerians lose their senses, this is so sad. One would think money only exist in Nigeria. With all the greed and wickedness, the whole country is still like a village, worse than the Stone age

    • ACTION MAN in ACTION

      Don’t expect any positive change decades or centuries to come else you will remain agitated, angry and frustrated. The country has been messed up without any option of repairs. The problems is the high propensity of many to do evil than good and its seated in the brain.

  • Mary

    Tell me good reasons I should whistleblow corrupt individuals in this country if the whistleblower (s) of ikoyi loot don’t get paid as stipulated by the whistleblower policy.

    • FineBoy

      It’s because you don’t have credible information

  • forestgee

    From ridiculous to absolute insanity! EFCC spoke with someone or people before the raid at Ikoyi Apartment…and they have the record of the person(s) they spoke with. What’s all this nonsense? Except the government is unwilling to pay or buy time i.e. earn interest on the money before they finally pay the authentic person(s). The owner of the money may even come out as the Whistle-blower!!!

  • Afo

    Methink the corrupt AGF is orchestrating this madness in connivance with some EFCC corrupt officials to spite Magu. How can this nonsense be allowed to happen. Thorough investigation is needed to unveil those behind this very wicked act.

  • The Truth

    The names (identities) of these guys (Abdulmumin Musa, Stephen Sunday and Bala Usman) and other whistle-blowers should be kept secret for their safety but is government through delay tactics not frustrating these guys to be exposed.
    If government is really serious about fighting corruption, the safety of whistle-blowers should be paramount.

  • Man_Enough

    This other guy should have collected the 3 hundred million plus and walk away. It’s not in vain that our elders say that “half bread is better than none”

  • thusspokez

    PR Nigeria explained that lawyers to the trio had written to Attorney-General Abubakar Malami in August, accusing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of shortchanging the whistleblowers by bringing others who were not the arrowhead of the whistle blowing.

    I suspected that something like this would happen. Corrupt EFCC officers providing insider information — that would only be known by the whistleblowers and the EFCC officials handling the case — to assist their friends to make the false claim. The money would them be shared between the false claimants and crooked EFCC officials. To find the crooks in the EFCC, look no further that the EFCC officers directly involved in the case.

    The whistleblowers are risking their own lives revealing their identity, but they had been forced to do so in other to
    stop the EFCC-sponsored imposters claiming their rewards.

  • Anthony Uremeh

    EFCC and the finance ministry just don’t want to pay. This is turning to childish play on every passing day. Someone risked his life to get this out yet the officials want to rip where they never sowed.Sad!

    • m

      This government is full of filthy individuals. They just want to make the issue complicated so that they will not pay the right whistle blower.

  • Right Minded

    I have always known that the money discovery was a scam by EFCC to portray it in a good light before gullible Nigerians. Up till today, EFCC is yet to name the owner of the $13billion cash found in the Ikoyi residence. And now other so called “whistle blower” set up by the APC-EFCC govt have come out to challenge the payment of the huge % and also stop the FG from paying the original whistle blower who was tricked into blowing a whistle for non existing money. This rotten lying APC/Buhari govt will never cease to amaze Nigerians. Just when you think everything is returning to normalcy, they come out with another shameless propaganda.

  • deri best

    Those who hire Mai guards now know better-from Niger republic to work for them now know better abi