One Muhammed Sanusi and Ovie Jeff have been arrested by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property for false whistle-blowing.
The suspects were said to have informed the panel about a stash of money hidden in a property in Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, by an unidentified businessman.
Lucie-Aan Laha, the SPIPRPP Public Relations Officer, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said that after receiving the information, the agency obtained a search warrant and raided the property, but no money was recovered.
“The suspects came to us with information about money stored in large bags, both local and foreign denominations, at an apartment in Gwarimpa.
“We needed clearance to search the house, and when we got there, our investigators ransacked the entire house and we found nothing.
“A number of Nigerians are trying to take undue advantage of the whistle-blower policy because of the monetary strings attached to reporting public loots,” she stated.
Ovie, who said he came to Abuja from Bayelsa State because of the money, said he was told the money was looted public fund, adding that he simply wanted a share of it.
The agency explained that the case is currently under investigation, stating that the suspects would appear before a Wuse magistrates’ court on Tuesday.
The PRO said the panel had recovered numerous looted public funds since its establishment a year ago.
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