The Federation Attorney General’s Office (AGF) and the Minister of Justice said Sunday that they are not responsible for making the whistleblower payment.
The AGF office was reacting to a letter allegedly by an Aliyu Lemu, Esq. Allegedly written on June 22 on issues related to the payment of a complainant’s fees.
According to a statement by the ministry made available to the media by Dr. Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Media and Public Relations, the Ministry of Finance You are responsible for making the payment of the complainant.
Clarifying the procedure for hiring a whistleblower or recovery agent in regards to the Federation Attorney General’s Office, the ministry said;
‘` `A Proposal is presented to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, a Letter of Commitment is issued to a complainant or recovery agent evaluating that the disclosure has some chance of success.
“The recovery agent or the complainant is expected to notify the acceptance of the commitment in writing.
“The recovery agent or whistleblower, upon acceptance, is expected not only to track assets but to recover them and deposit them in a designated asset recovery account maintained by the federal government at the Central Bank, which is generally Provide the recovery agent in writing. ”
He added that when these funds have been eventually submitted by a complainant or a recovery agent, the Central Bank issues an acknowledgment of receipt of the fund to the Office of the Attorney General upon request.
“It is the satisfaction of the above elements that entitles the complainant or the recovery agent to a successful claim fee and the payment is generally made by the Federal Ministry of Finance and not the Office of the Federal Attorney General.
“The role of the Attorney General’s Office, in essence, is simply to process the documents mentioned above to the Ministry of Finance, which is the ministry that is responsible for making the payment.”
Malami further explained that recovery is not about exposing the existence of certain assets in an account that allegedly belonged to a government agency.
“It is about establishing that the funds in the account are assets looted or illegally stored and continue with the actual recovery and deposit of the funds in the designated asset recovery account through judicial and extrajudicial means.
“The right to recovery fees is subject to all intentions and purposes contingent upon the deposit of the alleged / exposed assets that constitute the subject of recovery in the designated recovery account of the federal government.
“This account is maintained at the request of the President at the Central Bank of Nigeria and the account details are contained in the engagement letter.
“The agreed remuneration will be payable to the complainant within thirty (30) days after receipt of the funds recovered / looted by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the payment will be made to the account designated / designated in writing by The Complainant ” .
Malami reported that if the complainant, in the circumstances of this case, firmly believes that there is a claim of irregularity associated with the alleged claim related to the recovery process, the complainant should consider filing a complaint with the relevant institutions of their choice for the it is important to properly investigate or consider judicial redress as an alternative.
“The complainant’s claim, as published by the newspaper, that the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation convinced them to sign an agreement that lost sixty percent of the complainant’s fees amounts to a criminal prosecution that the complainant- Blower is encouraged to file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agencies for a large-scale investigation. ”