Nigerian Police Officer Honored for Rejecting N150 Million Bribe

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Superintendent of Police (SP) Ibrahim Ezekiel Sini was honored over the weekend for declining a N150 million bribe offered by Lagos businessman and founder of Platform Capital, Akintoye Akindele. The recognition, presented by FCT Police Commissioner, CP Benneth Igweh, included an award of a plot of land in Abuja, symbolizing the immense pride and respect SP Sini has brought to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

The award was part of an event organized by friends and associates of the officer to celebrate his exemplary conduct. Prince Chukwuemeka Okoye, CEO of Vegas Homes and one of the event organizers, emphasized that SP Sini’s actions should serve as an inspiration to others, highlighting the integrity and professionalism within the NPF.

“SP Sini’s actions have not only brought honor to himself and the Nigeria Police Force but have also inspired countless others to stand firm against corruption and uphold the highest ethical standards. His integrity serves as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that even in challenging circumstances, it is possible to remain true to one’s values,” Okoye stated.

The recognition of SP Sini’s character is a significant reminder that society values integrity and good conduct. Okoye added, “To reject N150 million takes discipline, the fear of God, and professionalism. All these are attributes officer Ibrahim has demonstrated.”

The incident that led to this recognition involved Akintoye Akindele, who is currently remanded in Kuje prison by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. Akindele was alleged to have offered the bribe to SP Sini to pervert the course of an investigation in a petition against him. The businessman reportedly dropped N50 million as part of the bribe to SP Sini’s investigative team, hoping to escape abroad and secure a favorable report after the investigation.

Akindele was arrested following a petition by Summit Oil International Limited, which accused him of swindling the firm of $5,636,397 and another N73,543,764. Despite the significant amount of money offered, SP Sini remained steadfast in his commitment to justice and ethical conduct.

SP Sini explained his decision to reject the bribe, stating that he preferred to have peace of mind, remain truthful to the mandate and core values of the Nigerian Police Force, and maintain the integrity of his family name. His actions exemplify the ideals of the NPF and provide a powerful example of ethical conduct in law enforcement.

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