Looters Now Keep Stolen Funds in Forests, Cemeteries—FG
By Dipo Olowookere
Federal Government has described its whistle-blowing policy as an effective tool of fighting corruption in Nigeria.
Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, said Nigerians have embraced the policy and have been offering the needed support to make it successful.
Mr Mohammed said the government will never abandon the scheme.
“We want to assure Nigerians that we will not abandon this policy for whatever reason. Instead, we will continue to rejig it to make it more effective as a tool for fighting corruption,” the Minister promised.
He said further that, “Since we launched the whistle-blower policy, we have received immeasurable support from Nigerians.
“Yes, there is monetary reward for any information that leads to recovery of looted funds, but from what we have seen, most of the Nigerians who have come forward with useful leads were driven by patriotism rather than reward.
“Nigerians, fired by a fervid resolve to help banish corruption from their country, have daily inundated the offices of the appropriate government agencies with valuable information.
“We have been told how looters have resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, in deep forests and even in burial grounds.
“Thanks to whistle-blowers, it is now clear that a rapacious few have pillaged the nation’s wealth through a vicious orgy of corrupt practices.
“Thanks to the useful information provided by Nigerians, it is now obvious that more funds are in the possession of looters than are available to government at all levels to meets its obligations, including paying workers’ salaries, providing social amenities, upgrading infrastructure and ensuring the security of lives and property.
“As the looters continue to run helter-skelter, many of them are even abandoning their booty at unusual places, including airports.”