The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the whistle blowing policy of the Federal government is paying dividends as has been seen in recent days.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Lai Mohammed and signed by his Special Adviser, Mr Segun Adeyemi, on Sunday in Lagos.
Mohammed assured in a statement signed that all the recovered looted funds were safe and government will give full account to Nigerians.
“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,” he said.
The minister, however, noted that more funds were in the possession of looters than were available to government at all levels to meets its obligations including paying workers’ salaries and providing social amenities.