The whistle blower bill recently passed by the Nigerian senate is eliciting reactions from members of the public in Jos.

 

The bill prescribes five year jail term or an option of fine of ten million naira for false whistle blowers in the anti-corruption fight of the federal government

 

The bill, among other highlights, would also encourage the disclosure of improper conduct by persons, public officials and corporate bodies and ensure that matters disclosed were properly investigated and handled appropriately in line with the provisions of the law.

Some residents in Jos who commented on the passage of the bill on Friday described the development as a step in the right direction adding that the bill will protect those who have evidence about people who convert public fund into private pockets

However, another resident, Tijani Ibrahim disagreed saying the bill is a deliberate attempt to discourage whistle blowers.

Correspondent James Abraham reports that the whistle blower bill  was sponsored by senator Biodun Olujimi representing Ekiti south senatorial zone.

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