Mr Ibrahim Magu, Acting Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the commission recovered over N527 billion, 53 million dollars and 122.89 pounds through the Whistle Blowing Policy as at May 2018.
Magu made the disclosure on Thursday at a town hall meeting organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) in Port Harcourt.
Represented by Mr Usman Muktar, an official of the EFCC in the Port Harcourt Zone, urged Nigerians to remain committed to the fight against corruption by employing the whistle blowing policy as one of the tools to fight corruption in the country.
According to him, “More successes are being made and the response by members of the public to the policy has been very encouraging.
“The government’s whistleblowing policy was introduced in 2016 and is geared towards fraud detection, tracking and reporting to appropriate agencies and to enable patriotic citizens report criminal acts such as mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and assets, like properties and vehicles; financial malpractice or fraud; collecting / soliciting bribes; corruption; diversion of revenues; unapproved payments; splitting of contracts; procurement fraud; kickbacks and over-invoicing.”
The Acting EFCC Chairman explained that the fear of victimisation or attacks of whistleblowers in their places of work were being addressed by the Whistleblower Protection Act passed by the National in 2017.
“The Act provides that “a person who makes a disclosure shall not be subject to victimisation by his or her employers or by fellow employees.
“Additionally, a person who makes a disclosure has the right to take legal action, if he or she is victimised, dismissed, suspended, declared redundant, transferred against his or her will, harassed or intimidated in any manner.”