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Police Officer Who Rejected N6m Bribe Named 2019 Integrity Icon

Francis Erhabor, the divisional policeman of Itam, Akwa Ibom state police command, has received the 2019 Integrity Icon award for rejecting a N6 million bribe to compromise the safety system while he was a pipeline commander in Edo.

The Integrity Icon summit & award is organised by Accountability Lab in partnership with Luminate, MacArthur and Ford Foundation “to name and fame honest officialdom , thereby encouraging integrity within the public service”.

The officer was honoured alongside four other nominees at the event which was held in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The other nominees are Tani Ali Nimlan, a politician of the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Tina Lirmdu, a teacher at the University of Jos, Plateau state; Kacheilom Roberts-Ndukwe, an educator during a lyceum in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, and Christian Ahiauzu, head of the network infrastructure unit in ICTC at the University of Port Harcourt.

Erhabor, who has served the police for 30 years, said he snubbed a N6 million weekly deal to compromise the system, despite his allowance of N37,500.

“I almost compromised if not for the mercies of the Lord. The story that’s making frontline today that has brought me here was once I had just N800 in my pocket and that i was a pipeline commander in Edo state, where I had worked for on the brink of three to four years,” he said.

“My actual allowance was just N37,500 from the govt , which wasn’t coming when due. And I had a couple of persons who dangled N1.5million to me and that they were to be giving me N6million hebdomadally . And if I were to be there for 30 days, that’s N24 million.

“I eventually spent quite three years. But due to that call I took before I entered the force because I had taken an oath that the day I compromise myself, Lord just embarrass me, show me on TV. Make me stick with the N37,500 that wasn’t forthcoming.

“It didn’t go without persecution and agonism, sometimes my life was threatened, but the gorgeous thing is that at the top of the day, I earned respect, I earned trust, got confidence not only from my colleagues but also from outside forces and it’s been fun because the result has paid off.”

In a tweet, the organiser of the award congratulated the policeman , describing him because the “people’s choice”.

“Our People’s Choice Award winner @integrityiconng CSP Francis Osagie Erhabor, who saluted the incredible & inspiring roles played by his mom and his wife in his life and career. Congratulations,” it said.

Joe Abah, director of DAI Nigeria, a world development firm implementing programmes on governance in additional than 100 countries, also said Erhabor deserves to be celebrated and honoured by the police.

“The winner of this year’s Integrity Icon @integrityiconng award is…wait for it… a policeman, CSP Francis Erhabor. He was voted for by the general public . He received a ovation from the general public . I hope that @PoliceNG also honours him,” he tweeted.

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