OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN
John Okpurhe, a whistleblower said in a letter written by his lawyer, Aliyu Lemu, dated June 22, 2020.
He written a letter to the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), accusing the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), of refusing to pay him his reward after exposing over $1bn hidden in Unity Bank Plc.
The whistleblower said the Office of the AGF had been making flimsy excuses as to why the reward was not paid.
He said the Head of Asset Management and Recovery Unit, Mrs. Ladidi Mohammed, informed him that the matter was in court and the plans had changed.
“The information provided by our client eventually led to the exposure of the hidden/concealed funds in Unity Bank Plc to the tune of $1, 034, 515, 000 (One billion, thirty four million, five hundred and fifteen thousand dollars only).”
“Our client presented the Office of the AGF with qualifying information on a cloned account with the Nigerian Ports Authority which was being used to illegally collect revenue from vessels by the signatories who are no longer in the service of the NPA.
“Upon establishing that our client’s information qualified under the whistleblower policy, the Office of the AGF signed a whistleblower agreement with our client through his appointed counsel- Mamman, Maiyaki & CO.
He said upon discovery, he informed the Office of the AGF in line with the whistleblower policy of the secret account and an agreement was signed.
The agreement stated that Okpurhe would be entitled to a reward if the information provided turned out credible.
The whistleblower said after playing his own part, the AGF’s office began to play games.
The letter read in part, “Pursuant to the whistleblower policy of the Federal Government, our client approached the Office of the AGF with confidential information in respect of hidden public funds concealed within a commercial bank in Lagos contrary to the Treasury Single Account policy which requires all public revenue or funds to be domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria.