The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has said that the whistle-blower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), of the N13bn in an Ikoyi apartment is not sufficiently stable to receive such a huge sum of money.
In an exclusive interview with The Punch, Sagay stated that if the commission gives whistle-blower his claims which are N860m, he probably would have squandered it within a month or two.
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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, lawyer to the whistle-blower, whistle-blower, Yakubu Galadima, wondered why the government did not question his client’s mental capacity when he was giving the EFCC information on the money.
The lawyer said even if his client was mental, he still deserved to be given his due.
He said, “As far as I am concerned, if the money is not paid by the end of this month, I am ready to tell the whole world but if they act favourably, their image will be redeemed.
“Does Prof. Sagay have contact with my client? Doesn’t my client have relatives that can take care of him? Even a mad man is entitled to his estate so what are they talking about? That is not an excuse as far as I am concerned.”