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Ikoyi Whistle-blower Jets Out As FG Pays First Tranche Of His N421m Reward

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The whistle-blower, who helped the EFCC recover the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) from an Ikoyi apartment on April 12, 2017, has finally been paid his commission, Punchng reports.

It was also learnt that the whistle-blower travelled out of the country less than 24 hours after receiving part of the N421m reward. The whistle-blower’s lawyer, Mr. Yakubu Galadima, confirmed the development on Wednesday. .

He praised the government for finally honouring its agreement after eight months. He, however, said his client had not been paid in full, adding that the FG had promised to pay him the balance next year.

The N13bn recovered from the Osborne Towers was said to have been part of the $289,202,382 the NIA received from the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2015.

The transaction was purportedly approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan through the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

On paper, the transaction was known as an intervention fund for national security or special services with the aim of fighting insurgency during the six weeks period between February 14 and March 28 after the election was postponed.

However, the operatives of the EFCC believe that the money was meant to finance the 2015 general elections. No one has, however, been prosecuted till date.

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