Netizen24.com – Latest news: Nigeria’s spy chief suspended after $43M seized from apartment
An investigation has been launched into how the National Intelligence Agency got the money, including who authorized the funds’ release to the agency, Adesina said. A panel headed by Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will carry out the probe and report to Buhari within the next two weeks, Adesina said.
Nigeria has struggled with corruption and looted funds for decades. The anti-corruption unit has scored a number of cash seizures this year after Nigeria’s finance minister announced a new whistleblowing policy in December.
Raids this month
The anti-graft agency said it raided the Lagos apartment after a tip about a “haggard” woman in “dirty clothes” taking bags in and out of the unit.
Earlier this month, the agency discovered around 250 million naira in cash ($817,000) in a Lagos market and 448 million naira in cash ($1.5 million) at a shopping plaza.
Those seizures were widely credited to a new policy in which whistleblowers can anonymously provide information through a secure portal. If the information leads to the recovery of stolen public funds, the whistleblower is entitled to 2.5% to 5% of the total money recovered.
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