The whistle-blower who helped the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to recover the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) from an Ikoyi apartment on April 12, 2017, has finally been paid his commission, Reportinginfo has learnt.
Contrary to the Federal governments fear that he might go mad after receiving the money, the man has decided to leave the country.
According to his lawyer, Yakubu Galadinma, the whistleblower was paid N421m and left the shores of Nigeria yesterday morning Wednesday, December 13th.
Recall that the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), had said that the Federal government is hesitating to pay the whistle-blower because he might go mad after receiving his N860 million entitlement.
Well, he has gotten half of it and it appears he is not mad. Hopefully, he enjoys his money in peace.
The National Intelligence Agency had laid claim to the recovered money which has been forfeited permanently to the Federal Government.
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.
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.