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: