The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, announced on Sunday that the whistleblower who led the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to an Ikoyi, Lagos apartment where over $43.4m was stashed will receive their payment from the federal government soon.
She noted that the federal government has not withheld any funds due to whistleblowers and emphasized that the Ikoyi whistleblower is a part of the next batch of payments. The minister made this clarification in a press statement signed by her Special Adviser on Media, Oluyinka Akintunde, following reports that the Ikoyi whistleblower threatened to sue the Nigerian government over the non-payment of the whistleblower reward.
Mrs Adeosun noted that payments are made in monthly batches to ensure control and to protect the identities of information providers. To date, over 20 of such persons have been paid. From available records, the payment due to the Ikoyi whistleblower is among those being processed in the November batch, which will be released within the current month