A nosy neighbor in Nigeria became a hero after his tip off to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission led to the seizure of more than $43 million from an empty apartment.
According to CTV News the whistle blower noticed someone moving bags in and out of the apartment.
Another source claimed that a “haggard” looking woman in “dirty clothes” sometimes appeared at the apartment building with multiple bags.
The anti-corruption unit stormed the seventh floor of the residential building and entered into the apartment where they found three fireproof cabinets hidden inside a dresser. The cabinets were full of neatly packaged bills.
In total, they seized US$43 million in US bills, US$35,000 in UK pounds and US$75,000 in Nigerian Naira.
The Nigerian government launched its whistle blowing program in December 2016 to combat corruption. The program encourages citizens to report corruption-related offences through a secure online portal.
According to the website, people can report violations of financial regulations, mismanagement of public funds, financial malpractice and fraud or theft “deemed to be in the interest of the public.”
In the event of a successful tip, whistle blowers may also “be entitled to anywhere between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent of the amount recovered.”