After exposing a secret account with a balance of $223m (N80.2bn), a whistle-blower (name withheld)has reportedly sued the Federal Government for failing to pay him N1.9bn commission he was promised for exposing corruption.
According to Punch, the whistle-blower in a suit filed before the FCT High Court vide a writ of summons dated June 7, 2019 by his lawyer, Aliyu Alemu prayed the court to order the Federal Government to pay his money.
In the Writ of Summon, the whistle-blower asked the court to order that he was entitled to be paid the sum of N1, 914, 794, 676 by the Federal Government and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, being the reward accrue to him for whistle-blowing.
He also asked the court to order that the money be paid immediately with a post-judgment interest in respect of the commission at the rate of 10 per cent per annum.
In addition, the whistle-blower also asked the court to pay a sum of N10m as legal fees for filing the court process.
In June 2018, the whistle-blower had informed the AGF about a bank account with $223m bearing the name ‘NNPC Brass LNG INV. Fund’ with number 1750027157 domiciled in Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank), Punch reports.
The whistle-blower informed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami about the money in June 2018. (Lawyard)
The money according to the newspaper was kept in the bank in violation of the Treasury Single Account policy of the Muhammadu Buhari government.
After reporting the case to the AGF, the whistle-blower reportedly briefed the Special Investigation Panel about his findings.
He was also said to have accompany members of the panel to the bank where top officials were arrested.
Following the arrest of the bank officials, the panel reportedly invited members of the bank’s board for questioning.
The board members were said to have pleaded for the option of paying in installments, saying the bank would be affected negatively if they transfer the money in one fell swoop.
However, after paying his part, the whistle-blower signed a bond dated June 14, 2018 with the AGF.