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“I Rejected N864m”, Policeman ‘Who Never Took Bribe’ Resigns Over Non-Promotion

CSP Francis Osagie Erhabor, the policeman and divisional police officer (DPO) in charge of ‘D’ division Itam in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, who is acclaimed to have never taken a bribe since over 30 years in active service, has resigned from the profession.

Erhabor, who made headlines after rejecting a whopping N864 million bribe, was on December 10, 2020, at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, in Abuja, during the 2020 IgbereTV Leadership Excellence Awards named ‘Police officer of the year’ after coming tops in the nationwide online voting.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with IGBERE TV on New Year day, 1st January 2021, the police officer lamented that he feels cheated by the system, having been denied promotion more than thrice despite all his efforts and sacrifices for the police force and the country.

His words: “I joined this noble profession as a cadet inspector on the 2nd of April, 1990. I was 17 years plus at the time. I was told by cerebral and seasoned Police officers like AIG Albasu, AIG Akagbosun, AIG Iyamabo, and DIG Ugowe all retired, that the force needed folks like me. Youths who were patriotic and passionate.

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“I loved and believed in this project called Nigeria, and the profession, the Nigeria Police was a great platform to serve my fatherland. I sincerely believed in this job, loved this job and sacrificed so much for this job.

“Looking back, all I see is “nobody cares”. Being cheated out of promotion not once, twice or thrice. Served over thirty years meritoriously and stainless by God’s grace, and not honoured by the system, instead have only enjoyed promotion only 5 times. I thank God for His grace, that insulated me for the past 30yrs.”

On how he rejected N864m bribe, CSP Erhabor said, “As a pipeline Commander in Edo state, I turned down N6.5m weekly; N24m monthly; N288m yearly, and a whooping sum of N864 for the 3years I served as a commander.”

Asked if he regrets his actions, he said, “I have no regrets for doing this.” “If given the test again, I will repeat same feat, without thinking twice, even though some of my colleagues term me a fool,” CSP Erhabor added.

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“I even volunteered as an instructor, to train Police Mobile Personnel at Limakara, Gwoza, Borno State for over 3 years. Discharged my duty as an instructor, in the most harshest and difficult condition, without any commendation reward, or promotion, and today only for just working within the corridors of power; or being able to grease some palms or, as claimed, being attacked because of #EndSARS, Juniors will just be promoted above their superiors just like that.”

He said he feel hurt seeing his junior police officers promoted over him, insisting nothing had been done by the Force despite the formal complaints where he asked for the ratification of his promotion.

“I have witnessed my juniors get promoted over me over and over again, and it hurts deeply. I filed a complaint, asked for ratification of my promotion date, and was even investigated, with the outcome verified in my favour, yet nothing has been done to remedy the situation.”

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‘I have wasted 30 years serving my fatherland’

CSP Francis Erhabor said he feels he has wasted 30 years of his precious time serving his ‘fatherland’, in a police profession he once believed to be a “noble” one.

According to Erhabor, rather, the system rewards mediocrity, nepotism, and all other ignoble acts and care less about those who tread on the path of dignity and honour.

“This profession I once called a noble one, doesn’t care about those of us who tread the path of honour and dignity. I once had a dream about the the Nigeria Police Force, becoming the people’s force; the country’s pride. So sad, I no longer believe in the system as a noble one, but one were mediocrity, nepotism, and all other ignoble acts are given higher preference.

“I am sorry I let all my fans down. I am deeply sorry for not finishing where you all expected me to finish. Thanks for your strong and relentless faith in me. I remain forever grateful to you all,” CSP Erhabor added.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Deputy Governor of Kebbi Task On Peaceful Coexistence.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Deputy Governor of Kebbi Task On Peaceful Coexistence.
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Eid-El-Fitr: Deputy Governor of Kebbi Task On Peaceful Coexistence.

In his message to commemorate the 2021 Eid-El-Fitr, His Excellency, Dr Sama’ila Yombe Dabai mni (Tambarin Zuru), the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State has charged Muslim faithfuls around the globe on peaceful co-existence and implore the virtues of Holy Month of Ramadan and beyond.

While fielding questions from journalists after Eid El Fitr prayers on Thursday, Dr. Samaila Yombe Dabai used the medium to commend the efforts and leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Bagudu of Kebbi state respectively.

the Kebbi State Deputy Governor Dr. Sama'ila Yombe Dabai addressing newsmen shortly after a program

the Kebbi State Deputy Governor Dr. Sama’ila Yombe Dabai addressing newsmen shortly after a program

The Deputy Governor further extended warm appreciations to Royal fathers of Kebbi State for their regular support to the policies and programs of the State Government.

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On insecurity situation in the State with emphasis on Kebbi South, Sama’ila Yombe Dabai stressed that Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu will not relent on the efforts of the State Government toward sustaining the peace while using the medium to call on bad elements launching attacks on the innocent citizens to either stop or face full wrath of the law.

The Deputy Governor prayed for the repose of all departed souls while renewing his call to see the prime purpose of life here on Earth and hereafter.

 

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Dr Isah Salifu bags traditional title in hometown as Omachi Ejeh Dekina, (Wali).

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Dr Isah Salifu bags traditional title in hometown as Omachi Ejeh Dekina, (Wali).

Recognition will always come to the diligent and the selfless. Sometimes, it comes from outside one’s community or from within, as is the case with Dr Isah Salifu.

Dr Salifu, ECOBANK zonal manager, was yesterday  conferred with the traditional title of Omachi Ejeh of Dekina. To some, it may just be a title. But to the Igalas, it holds a lot of importance.  Its meaning is Gifted Child. The title was conferred by no other than the Ejeh of Dekina and acting Chairman, Igala Area Traditional Council Dr Usman Obaje.

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The monarch emphasized that the Zonal Ecobank manager Dr Isah Salifu  deserved the title for his unprecedented positive contribution to the development of Igala Kingdom and Dekina in particular.

The new Omachi Ejeh of Dekina, Dr Isah Salifu

The new Omachi Ejeh of Dekina, Dr Isah Salifu

The event which took  place on the second date of the Eid-el-Fitr period in Ejeh Palace Dekina, have the presence of Engr Musa Wada immediate past Peoples Democratic Party PDP  Kogi state gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Idris Omede, the former commissioner for Health Kogi state, Dr Tony Okpanachi MD Development Bank of Nigeria, Chief Dr Kashim Akor, DG National Productivity Centre, Mallam Nasiru Adeboh, former Chief of staff to Governor Idris Wada, Prof. Armstrong Idacahab acting DG, National Broadcasting Commission, Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim, of Supreme Court Nigeria, Hon Sadiq Abubakar, ICDA President , Hon Abdulahi Omede among  other prominent sons and daughters of the noble Igala kingdom.

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The Monarchs who graced the auspicious occasion include His Royal Highnesses, Ogohi of Anyigba, Alhaji Shaibu Okolo, Oyeigba of Mozum, and others.

The recipient of the prestigious award, Dr Salihu, stressed that the Ejeh had demonstrated his passion and commitment to a united and egalitarian Society, “I am appreciative of the recognition of my contributions to nation building and I pledge my continued loyalty to Ejeh in  Council, Igala traditional institution Kogi State and Nigeria at large.”

Dr Isah said “The honour is timely and encouraging, insisting that the honour would encourage him to sustain his good works.”

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Afenifere 4 GYB/PYB 2023: Kogi State Chapter Describes Gov. Bello as Best Choice for the Country

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Afenifere 4 GYB/PYB 2023: Kogi State Chapter Describes Gov. Bello as Best Choice for the Country

 

By: Joshua Adinoyi

A Group known as Afenifere for GYB/PYB 2023, Kogi State Chapter, says Governor Yahaya Bello remains the right choice to lead Nigeria come 2023.

The State Coordinator of the Group, Mr. Chinga Emmanuel made the remark during a meeting of the Group in Lokoja, the State Capital.

Mr. Chinga pointed out that since Governor Yahaya Bello assumed Office, alot of transformation has taken place in the State, ranging from rural electrification, road construction, appointment of youths into positions, among others.

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The State Coordinator noted that Nigeria today, is yearning for change of leadership, stressing that Governor Bello represents the youthful mind the Country needs, assuring that if elected as President in the coming Presidential election, a lot of positive changes will be witnessed in Nigeria.

Mr. Chinga expressed optimism that the issue of insecurity facing Nigeria will become a thing of the past with Governor Bello leading the Country, assuring that the Group will not relent efforts at promoting the activities of the Governor to the the outer world and ensure his success at the Presidential polls.

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He explained that few weeks after the inauguration of executives of Kogi State of the Group, over 3,000 members have been added to the Group, calling on all Kogites within and outside the State to join the movement.

Mr. Emmanuel stressed that the Group will continue to mobilize youths across the 21 Local Government Areas of the State to join the project, adding that Governor Yahaya Bello’s believe in the youths’ ability to deliver is second to none.

 

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