Why Ikoyi whistle-blower may not get his N860m reward – Prof. Sagay

Coming days after the Nigerian Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, in a statement revealed that the Ikoyi whistle-blower will be getting his share of the recovered loot before the month ends, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay, has in an interview stated that the whistle-blower may not get the said sum.

Speaking during an interview with news agency, Punch, Sagay noted that the government is trying to provide the whistleblower with counsellors and consultants that will help him plan on how to invest the money.

Sagay further noted that the whistle-blower, as against an earlier report that he is mentally stable, is not mentally stable to receive his N860 million reward.

Sagay, during the interview said: “What I gathered from my inquiry is that the man is not sufficiently stable to receive such a huge sum of money.

“He is like someone who will almost run mental when he gets the money and will use it in an irresponsible manner, attracting not only undesirable people but even danger to himself.”

He added: “I think what they wanted to do for him was to provide counsellors. Not just counsellors for character and mental situation but counsellors who would be like consultants that would help him to really invest the money and plan in such a way that he doesn’t throw it away in five minutes.

“They are trying to help him. Nobody is denying him anything. They are trying to help him but he just misunderstands the intention and like everyone that has been deprived for a long time, he is so desperate to have it but from what I can see, if they just give him everything, it won’t last more than a month or two because so many people will start finding ways to get to him and taking their portions from him.

“So, they were just trying to help him but he became hysterical.”