John Okupurhe, A whistleblower, has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari 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.
According to him, the account he exposed was secretly operated by the Nigerian Ports Authority to illegally collect revenue from vessels and that he informed the Office of the AGF of the account, in line with the whistleblower policy of the secret account and an agreement was signed.
According to his lawyer Aliyu Lemu in a letter dated June 22, 2020, the agreement stated that the whistleblower was entitled to a reward if the information provided turned out credible, adding that the AGF’s office has been playing games with him since then.
“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.
“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.
“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),” the letter stated.