The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that the “young man” who blew the whistle on the massive stash of money recovered from an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, is now a millionaire.
The acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, a statement issued by the spokesman for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said.
Mr. Uwujaren said his principal made this known at the ongoing 7th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
On April 7, EFCC operatives broke into a four-bedroom apartment on Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, and pulled out $43 million, £27,800 and N23 million stashed in a wardrobe.
The commission said the discovery followed an operation triggered by a whistle blower’s alert received by its Lagos office.
Mr. Uwujaren quoted Mr. Magu as saying that the whistle blower was already a millionaire by virtue of the percentage he was officially entitled to.
“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,” he said.
Magu further called on Nigerians who want a positive change in the country to take advantage of the whistle blowing policy announced by the government early this year.
“So, we encourage more whistle blowers to come forward with genuine information that will lead to recoveries from looters of public treasuries.
“That is part of the ways we can put an end to the looting madness in the public sector.
“When they know that they have no place to keep the loot, as all eyes are on them, they will find looting of public treasuries unattractive, ” Magu said.