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Ikoyi Whistleblower “is not sufficiently stable to receive such a huge sum of money” – Sagay

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Itse Sagay

Professor Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has said the whistleblower who alerted authorities on the stash of money recovered from an apartment in Ikoyi is not sufficiently stable to receive his reward.

Speaking to Punch, Sagay said the whistleblower is someone “who will almost run mental” when he receives the money, and will use it in an “irresponsible manner.” He said:

What I gathered from my inquiry is that the man is not sufficiently stable to receive such a huge sum of money. He is like someone who will almost run mental when he gets the money and will use it in an irresponsible manner, attracting not only undesirable people but even danger to himself.

I think what they wanted to do for him was to provide counsellors. Not just counsellors for character and mental situation but counsellors who would be like consultants that would help him to really invest the money and plan in such a way that he doesn’t throw it away in five minutes.

They are trying to help him. Nobody is denying him anything. They are trying to help him but he just misunderstands the intention and like everyone that has been deprived for a long time, he is so desperate to have it but from what I can see, if they just give him everything, it won’t last more than a month or two because so many people will start finding ways to get to him and taking their portions from him. So, they were just trying to help him but he became hysterical.

Sagay said what the government is trying to do is help the whistleblower by paying him in installments.

He added that he believes the whistleblower wants the money to “blow it all in five minutes.” He said:

It is better to pay him in tranches. I agree with the government because if not, he will throw it away. This is valuable money that government could have used for millions of unemployed and wretchedly poor people.

One man is getting it and he just wants it so that he can blow it all in five minutes? No, the government has a responsibility to see that his excitement does not end in seeing the money being thrown away irresponsibly. So, I agree with the government.

Finance minister Kemi Adeosun had in a statement through her special adviser on media and communications Oluyinka Akintunde on Monday said the whistleblower will be paid this month.

She said the whistleblower is among those whose payment is being processed for the November batch. Read the statement below:

The Honourable Minister wishes to state unequivocally that the Federal Government has not withheld any fund due to any whistleblower. 

The ministry has in place detailed procedures for processing payments due under the whistleblower policy. 

The procedures were designed to prevent abuse and legal disputes and to ensure protection of the information providers.

These procedures include an application by the agency who recovered the funds including evidence of the recovery, confirmation that there are no pending legal issues on the recovery, verification of the identity of the information provider, calculation of the amount payable and computation of relevant taxes.

It must be stated also that payments are made in monthly batches to ensure control and to protect the identity of information providers. 

To date, over 20 of such persons have been paid. From available records, the payment due on Ikoyi is among those being processed in the November batch, which will be released within the current month.

31 Comments

  1. Ezinne

    November 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    LMFAO!!!! This is probably what they think of all Nigerians! If we stopped seeing hardship, if we had constant electricity, if the system started to effectively work, we will all lose our minds from the sheer joy of it. So, for our own good, so that we don’t run mad and misuse economic development, they’re doing what’s best for us.
    The fkry! You are making decisions for a grown ass man! If he spends it in one day, is it your money? WTF. Sounding like Nigerian parents, always “acting in your best interest” Never asking your opinion. Chai Chukwu oooo.
    Visa fall on me!

    • Osa

      November 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      He was not unstable when government was collecting the information from him o. He was not unstable when he was blowing the whistle o

    • ANYANWU CHIMAOBIM

      November 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Nne , that visa has to fall on us both abeg!!!!! WTF

    • LemmeRant

      November 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Savage!!

      I don tire 4 this people I swear.
      Everyday, they keep surprising you with a new level of stupidity.

    • LemmeRant

      November 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Thank God the person has a lawyer, cuz I believe that’s the only reason they’re even trying yo come up with excuses, if not they would have brushed his story aside.

    • [email protected]

      November 14, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      OMG Ezinne, you deserve an award for this comment

    • jokobaba

      November 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Visa fall on me ke? lol! Una no go kee me for here.

  2. Dodi

    November 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Nigeria we hail thee!

  3. KB

    November 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    This country got jokes. I beg to differ sir but ya’ll are the unstable ones for thinking someone that provided key intel on a bust is unstable

  4. KB

    November 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    His stability was not questioned when he gave the tip. It was not questioned when you were recovering the money. Now its time to pay and you are questioning.. loooooooooooool madness fam

  5. Zeeeeebby

    November 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    THE SCAMMED BE SCAMMING THE SCAM NOWADAYS…….Nigeria we hail thee!!!!!

    Laughs in Spirit language

  6. largerthanlifealice.com

    November 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    haaa ….is it your stable ….payi him abeg…
    there is nothing i would not see or hear abeg ..
    see love and concern ooo

  7. momo

    November 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    did they put that as a caveat when they brought up the whistle blowing policy?? that if you are deemed not mentally stable according to sagay you will not be paid your percentage…na wa

  8. edie

    November 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    another level of one chance performed by this government

  9. mywifeisfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine

    November 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    lasisielenu should have something to say about this, #iamveryangryveryangry.

    • Lilo

      November 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Me I’m waiting for Lasisi Elenu’s commentary on this matter. “Hello everybody. Sum just happened right now ” the maddest ranter of life. He rants the truth tho

  10. Ese

    November 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Buhari s shameless government of wuruwuru and mago mago……They want to share and eat the poor guys entitlement

  11. Corolla

    November 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    F*ckery of the highest order. Effed up country.

  12. Anonymous

    November 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    And this just killed the whistle blowing strategy. Who will blow any whistle seeing the kind of treatment received by a whistleblower?

  13. humm

    November 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I am not going to waste my time reading the entire garbage, cus this is a clear strategy for discouranging ppl from becoming a whislte blower. The man was sane enough to provide the information, but not enough to receive his earned reward. Any scam of stealing his reward. I am sure Mr. Saygay is proud of himself .

  14. bea

    November 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    To think we read prof’s text on contract like it was a bible in law departments in the 90s.
    How come it is now that he is due to collect money you now know he is not stable, when you realized he was not stable, why did you not deal with him through a legal guardian?

    all these Nigerian elders, na them know o.

  15. abby

    November 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Way to go guys!!! This will just discourage other people from whistleblowing

  16. Mrs chidukane

    November 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Pay in tranches? So that when this government leaves power, the next will say they’re not aware of such payments? Nigeria. Too bad. A government you can never trust.

  17. wifematerial

    November 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    This idiot will soon run mad very soon from all his ill gotten wealth . eleribu sombori!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Mamamia

    November 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Bunch of idiots!!! What sort of country is this God? How can u dictate to a grown ass man how his money should be spent. Infact, the whistle blower is even sane to blow it in 5 mins I will blow mine in 1 minute. If only u know the kind of investments I have been eyeing. Nonsense!

  19. Engoz

    November 14, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    What a caring government, lmao! Nigeria is a comedy.

  20. Papacy

    November 15, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Awwww. How thoughtful of the government….

  21. John

    November 15, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Yeah, ‘right……..But he was sane enough to pass highly credible information to EFCc which they had no problem acting on? Give him his money, jor!

  22. [email protected]

    November 15, 2017 at 11:48 am

    This is just plain bull shit!!!
    When has it become the government’s prerogative

  23. tunmi

    November 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    this professor is a thief

  24. jani

    November 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Evil Professor Sagay. This is the same excuse he used to defraud his late brothers wife and children out of their inheritance. So who will be the expensive consultant he wants to give the whistleblower to advise him on the money they are refusing to release? God punish Itse Sagay.

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