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2 Whistle Blowers In Trouble Over Fake Information

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The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of public property is to arraign two whistle blowers for dishing out fake information.

Parading the suspects at the panel’s new office complex at the weekend, the head, Media and Communication, Lucie-Ann Laha said the suspects, Prince Jeff Ove, an indigine of Bayelsa State and Mohammed Sanusi from Kogi State acted contrary to the whistle blower policy.

She said the suspects had sworn affidavit that huge amount of money was stashed in a politician’s house but added that after they launched an investigation including raiding the said house, nothing was found.

According to Laha, the investigators discovered that the victim was not a politician but an estate developer.

“Anyone bringing information to this panel is assured of confidentiality but the whistle blower policy is not meant to malign Nigerians,” Laha said, adding that, “if you give false information just to malign an individual, the law will also take its course.”

The panel which apologised to the estate developer, Engr Emmanuel Mbaka, warned Nigerians not to use the whistle blower policy for character assassination.

Laha said they will charge the suspects to court to serve as a deterrent to others.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP, one of the suspects, Prince Jeff Ove said he came to Abuja from Bayelsa because he received information from his friend that the estate developer who they described as a politician, kept ‘stolen money’ in his house.

While apologising for the wrong information,Ove said he was misled by his friend who is still at large.

On his part, Mohammed Sanusi, an indigine of Kogi state said he was introduced to Ove who told him the charms he had showed him where the money was kept.

“Unknown to me, Ove went to the panel’s office and lodged the complaint without my consent. The house was searched but nothing was found. I apologize for my role. We are asking for forgiveness,” Sanusi said.

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