With the recent recovery of huge sums of money in various locations in Lagos State by the EFCC, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday disclosed that anti-graft agencies have gotten information about how looters have resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, deep forests and burial grounds.
The minister made this disclosure in a statement issued in Lagos, by his Special Adviser, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed said all the recovered funds were safe and government would provide a full account to Nigerians on the recoveries.
The minister thanked Nigerians for their enthusiasm and commitment in helping the government to tackle corruption through the disclosure of useful leads to the appropriate government agencies.
“Since we launched the whistle blower policy, we have received immeasurable support from Nigerians.
“Yes, there is a monetary reward for any information that leads to the 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 was of the view that more funds were in the possession of looters than to government at all levels to meets its obligations including paying workers’ salaries and providing social amenities.
“As the looters continue to run helter-skelter, many of them are even abandoning their booty at unusual places, including airports. We want to assure Nigerians that we will not abandon this policy for whatever reason,” he said.
He stressed that government will continue to review the policy and make it more effective as a tool for fighting corruption.
The minister assured the public that as soon as the necessary reconciliation process and the litigation in some of the cases are concluded, government would give a full account of the recoveries to Nigerians.
Mohammed reassured Nigerians with useful information on looted funds that the government will protect their identities and give them their stipulated reward.