A civil group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Sunday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to speak up on the controversy surrounding the ownership of the N13bn found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
In a statement by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation said that the government’s increasing reliance on whistle-blowers’ tips to fight corruption has to be backed by some level of transparency and accountability in the real identities of those claiming recovered cash.
The organisation urged Buhari to urgently address the country on the matter so as to clarify the issue, and resolve lingering doubts among Nigerians regarding the real owner of the cash.
SERAP also called on the president to ensure legal backing for his government’s whistle-blowing policy by vigorously pursuing the passing by the National Assembly of the Whistleblower Bill.
SERAP also urged the government to provide the needed legal protection against retaliation and attacks on whistleblowers regardless of whether whistleblowers are entitled to bounties.topics from