BEVERLY HILLS, December 14, (THEWILL) – The whistle-blower, who helped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recover the sum of $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) from an Ikoyi apartment on April 12, 2017, has finally been Paid N421 million by the Federal Government.
The Money was paid to the beneficiary by officials of the Ministry of Finance after which he left Nigeria for an undisclosed country.
The whistle-blower’s lawyer, Mr. Yakubu Galadima, confirmed the development to newsmen on Wednesday saying the Federal Government’s decision to pay his client was an evidence that his client was the real whistle-blower out of the others that had been laying claim to the money.
“My client has been paid. He was paid yesterday and has since left the country.
“As we are speaking, he is not in Nigeria. However, the money was paid directly to him.
“The government said they were going to pay the money directly to him and that was what they did.
“The person that was paid was the same guy they claimed had a psychiatric problem.
“What has happened confirmed my client, who has all along been known as the principal whistle-blower as the real whistle-blower,” he said.
Galadima also joked that his client did not run mad after receiving the money as predicted by some government officials.
He, however, said his client had not been paid in full, adding that the Federal Government had promised to pay him the balance next year.
THEWILL had exclusively reported that the money, which has been forfeited permanently to the Federal Government, belong to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
The money, which was recovered from Flat 7B, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, led to the suspension and eventual sacking of the Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke.