THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Ntia Thompson, who was sacked in 2016 for whistleblowing alleged fraud in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been recalled to office.
A report published yesterday revealed this. The recall of the whistleblower is coming two months after President Buhari’s administration approved the whistleblowing policy which is to protect and reward any person who exposes misconduct, violation, corruption or any improper activity that can negatively impact the people or government of Nigeria.
Ntia, an assistant director in the Servicom Unit of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA), was suspended on December 19, 2016, and disengaged from service on February 23, 2017.
He exposed fraud worth $229,000 and ₦800,000 alleged to have been committed by Mohammed Kachallah, the Director-General of DTCA.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating the case already.
Africa Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), in a statement signed by the coordinator of the organisation, Chido Unoma, says, ‘Ntia’s case is a triumph of good over evil and it gives us hope that we are moving in the right direction on the whistle blower policy.’
The statement added that:
‘While it is ethically correct to recall a dismissed whistleblower, it is also morally right that action is taken on the reported wrongdoing in a just manner.
Only through that way can the confidence of potential whistleblowers be sustained.’