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5% of Recovered Loot — The Nigerian Government Has an Online-Whistleblowing Portal That Could Be Dangerous to Whistleblowers.

Following the recovery of $9.8m from Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and over $180 million from various corrupt individuals as a result of tips from whistleblowers, the Nigerian Government in a bid to encourage Nigerians to key into the whistleblowers’ scheme has launched the first ever Whistleblowing portal in Nigeria.

Now, Whistleblowers can submit any tip they have against a ministry, department or agency of the Nigerian government at whistle.finance.gov.ng. Offenses that can be submitted include fraud, mismanagement of public funds and assets, violation of financial regulations, the collection of bribes, manipulating data and records and any other form of corruption involving government funds and assets.

When tips lead to the successful recovery of ill-gotten funds, whistleblowers are entitled to “between 2.5-5% of the amount recovered.

However, if you use the Whistleblowing portal to expose illegal activity, your information may be dangerously vulnerable due to the lack of basic HTTPS encryption that protects Internet traffic from eavesdroppers, so the “security” and  “confidentiality” they promised can’t realistically be guaranteed.

Although, their medium page (Yes, Nigeria now has a medium page) claims that Whistleblowers are entitled to anonymity while providing information. If a Whistleblower chooses to not be anonymous, he/she is entitled to the strictest confidentiality, within the limitations of the law. This means that their identity will be disclosed only in circumstances required by the law.
Meanwhile, for those of you thinking about submitting false or misleading information:

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5 comments on “5% of Recovered Loot — The Nigerian Government Has an Online-Whistleblowing Portal That Could Be Dangerous to Whistleblowers.

  1. pWilliams says:

    well…..it’s a welcomed development, if rightly it would help curb corruption in this country…..I wish FGN will come up with more useful ideas

  2. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I COMMEND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THIS. IMAGINE THE RECESSION IN THE LAND, AND THE ECONOMY IS PROBABLY DRIVEN BY DOLLARS, HOW CAN BUHARI DO WELL WITH SUCH PEOPLE AS ANDREW.
    I WISH ABOVE ALL COMMENTS THAT THE FG WORK ON THE PROTECTION OF WHISTLE BLOWERS RIGHT FROM THAT SITE … I

  3. iHarrie says:

    If its worth doing, its worth doing well.. If at all they seek the success of this initiative, things need to be put in place. Oh and umm just so you know, https encryption or not, the site is still vulnerable. Umm Id advice against giving tips or information even in the event of them moving to a more secure server, infact dont stay too long on the site… Well Im
    #JustSaying
    Cherrio

  4. Kaybang says:

    I 💭 they released an app? Anyways, it’s still terrible. The US’ SEC has a portal for whistle-blowing too and I bet it’s not this complicated.
    Naij gotta be Naij

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