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Seized N13bn: Ikoyi whistle-blower threatens to sue FG

Yakubu Galadima , the lawyer of the whistleblower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the $43 m , N23 . 2 m and £ 27 , 800 ( N13 bn ) recovered from an Ikoyi apartment , says his client is prepared to sue the Federal Government for fraud if he is not paid his money soon .

Galadima said this during an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday .

He told SUNDAY PUNCH that he was disappointed in the President Muhammadu Buhari -led Federal Government as it had failed to keep its promise regarding the payment of commission on recovered loot.

When asked if he would sue the government, he said , “ That is one of the options but we have many options. ”

He added, “ Before now I had a discussion with Alhaji Lai Mohammed who directed me to speak with a lady in the office of the Ministry of Finance , Mrs. Tolu Kasali . I had a discussion with her and she told me that she would see what the government could do about it .

“ My client’ s concern is that time is of the essence. The guy wants to relocate from the country . There is no time and his life is in danger . He is jobless at the moment. He is not doing anything right now and in fact he is a burden on me . ”

The lawyer said his client had also suffered psychological trauma caused by the Federal Government ’ s inaction .

He further berated the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr . Ibrahim Magu , for saying the commission was counselling the whistleblower as he is “ now a millionaire . ”

When contacted , the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption , Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN ) , said his panel would look into the matter .

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