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Mixed reaction greets passage of Whistle Blower Bill by Senate

The passage of the Whistle Blowing Bill by the Senate which prescribes five year jail term and an option of fine of ten million naira for false whistle blowers in the anti-corruption fight of the federal government is generating reactions from members of the public in Benin City.

Wellington Akodeja reports that the respondents expressed divergent views on the bill.

Respondents who commented on the passage of the whistle blowing bill described the development as a step in the right direction.

They said the bill will further strengthen the anti-corruption war and protect those who have evidence about individuals that convert public funds to personal use.

However, respondents, Rev. Jacob Igiebor said the bill is a deliberate attempt to discourage whistle blowers.

The whistle blower bill sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi was passed by the senate on Wednesday.

The bill would also encourage the disclosure of improper conduct by persons, public officers, corporate bodies and ensure that matters disclosed were properly investigated and handled appropriately in accordance with the law.

Also, the bill would ensure adequate protection of whistle blowers from reprisals, victimization, isolation and humiliation.

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