“I gave up on N864m” – a police officer who never asked for bribes resigns for not getting promoted (photo)
The distinguished police officer regretted that she had been repeatedly denied a promotion.
According to Igbere TV, CSP Channel Francis Osagi Erhabor, Police Officer and Police Station Officer (DPO) in charge of Itam Unit “D” in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, is known for not accepting bribes for over 30 years. In active service, he retired from the profession.
Erhabor, who made headlines after turning down a bribe of 864 million N, was on December 10, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, during the 2020 IgbereTV Leadership Excellence Awards, named “Police Officer of the Year ”. ‘after he became the leader of the nationwide online voting.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with IGBERE TV on New Years Day, January 1, 2021, the police officer complained that he felt cheated by the system as he was denied a promotion more than three times, despite all his efforts and sacrifices. for the police and the country.
His words: “I came to this noble profession as a cadet inspector on April 2, 1990. I was then over 17 years old. Experienced and cerebral police officers like AIG Albasu, AIG Akagbosun, AIG Iyamabo and DIG Ugowe have all retired, told me that the force needs people like me. Patriotic and passionate youth.
“I loved and believed in this project called Nigeria and the profession of the Nigerian police was a great platform to serve my homeland. I truly believed in this work, loved this work and sacrificed a lot for it.
“Looking back, all I see is ‘nobody cares.’ Being fooled by a promotion more than one, two, or three times. They served more than thirty years deservedly and flawlessly by the grace of God and did not receive the honor of the system, instead they received a promotion only 5 times. I thank God for His grace that has isolated me for the past 30 years. “
On how he turned down the N864m bribe, CSP Erhabor said, “As the head of the pipeline in Edo state, I refused the N6.5m bribe weekly; N24m per month; 288 million a year and a whopping 864 AD. in the 3 years that I served as a commander. “
When asked if he regretted his actions, he said: “I do not regret that I did this.” “If I repeat the test, I will repeat the same without thinking twice, even if some of my colleagues call me a fool,” added CSP Erhabor.
“I even volunteered as an instructor to train mobile police personnel in Limakara, Gvoza, Borno State for over 3 years. I fulfilled my duty as an instructor in the harshest and most difficult conditions, without any praise or encouragement, and today only for the sake of working in the corridors of power; either being able to put on multiple palms, or allegedly being attacked by #EndSARS, juniors will just be promoted above their bosses. “
He said he felt offended to see his young police officers advance in his place, insisting that the Force had done nothing despite official complaints demanding approval of his promotion.
“I’ve seen my juniors get promoted over and over again and it really hurts. I filed a complaint, asked to approve the date of my promotion, and even an investigation was carried out against me, the results of which confirmed in my favor, but nothing was done to correct the situation. “
“I have spent 30 years serving my Motherland”
CSP Francis Erhabor said he believed he wasted 30 years of his precious time serving his “homeland” in a policing profession he once considered “noble.”
Rather, according to Erkhabor, the system rewards mediocrity, nepotism and all other ignoble deeds and cares less for those who walk the path of dignity and honor.
“This profession, which I once called a noble one, does not concern those of us who follow the path of honor and dignity. I once had a dream about the Nigerian police becoming the strength of the people; pride of the country. It is so sad that I no longer believe in the system as a noble system, but one was mediocrity, nepotism and all other ignoble deeds are more preferred.
“I’m sorry that I let all my fans down. I am very sorry that I did not finish what you all expected of me. Thank you for your strong and unrelenting faith in me. I remain forever grateful to all of you, ”added CSP Erkhabor.