Nigeria’s government has paid 375.8m naira ($1.2m; £930,000) to 20 people who blew the whistle on corruption, helping to recover 11.63bn naira, the Ministry of Finance has said.
The payments were the first since the government unveiled its whistleblower policy in December 2016, promising to reward people who came forward with information that led to the recovery of stolen sate assets.
Minister for Finance Kemi Adeosun said the policy was “an essential tool in the fight against corruption”, and had been improved to ensure that the identity of whistleblowers was protected.
The payments the 20 received – an average of around $60,000 each – were taxable, and were made only “upon confirmation of the final recovery of assets”, she added.
In December 2016, the government said whistleblowers would get up to 5% of the recovered amount.