The Divisional Police Officer, Itam, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Francis Erhabor, says he has never taken a bribe in the course of his work as a police officer.
“The issue of my being here today started from when I entered the job, I took a strong vow, I knew my system thrive in corruption and I said to myself, ‘If I would in any way corrupt myself, I told the Lord don’t humiliate me in secret, show me on big time televisions like NTA, BBC, and CNN,” Mr Erhabor said recently.
He said he was prepared to be disgraced “even if it is N20 which we were synonymous with.”
Mr Erhabor was one of the five ‘icons’ awarded at the Integrity Icon Award Summit in Abuja on Monday.
The summit was organised by Accountability Lab in partnership with Luminate, MacArthur and Ford Foundation ”to identify and celebrate Nigeria’s most honest government officials”.
Others awarded include Tani Nimlan, Assistant Director of NAFDAC; Christian Ahiauzu, head of ICT Unit University of Port Harcourt; Tina Odinakachi, a lecturer at the University of Jos and Kacheilom Roberts-Ndukwe, a secondary school teacher in Rivers State.
Integrity Icon is a global campaign by Accountability Lab that is powered by citizens in search of honest government officials.
It hopes to inspire a new generation of effective public servants.
Integrity Icon began in 2014 in Nepal, spread to Liberia in 2015 and ”has now evolved into a global campaign that is active in Nepal, Liberia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa and Mexico.
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