Looters burying stolen funds in forests, burial grounds – FG
The Federal Government says its anti corruption agencies have been inundated with information of how looters have resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards , deep forests and burial grounds .
The Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos , said the whistle blower policy is working and has led to the recovery of more looted funds in many currencies .
Mohammed assured in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Mr Segun Adeyemi , that all the recovered looted funds were safe and government will give full account to Nigerians .
The minister thanked Nigerians for their enthusiasm and commitment in helping the government to tackle corruption through disclosure of useful leads to appropriate government agencies .
“ 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 .
He stressed that the government will not abandon the policy for whatever reason , but will continue to rejig it and make it more effective as a tool for fighting corruption.
The minister assured that as soon as the necessary reconciliation process and the litigation in some of the cases were concluded , government would give full account of the recovered looted funds to Nigerians .
Mohammed re – assured Nigerians who have useful information on looted funds that the government will protect their identities and give them their stipulated reward .