Businessman awards police superintendent parcel of land for rejecting N150m bribe

A Superintendent of Police (SP), Ibrahim Ezekiel Sini, who declined a bribe of N150 million from a Lagos businessman and founder of Platform Capital, Akintoye Akindele, was over the weekend, honoured and presented with a plot of land in Abuja.

FCT Police Commissioner, CP Benneth Igweh, who presented the award of a plot of land on behalf of friends and associates of the police officer, said SP Sini’s conduct has brought pride to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

Also, one of the organisers of the event, Prince Chukwuemeka Okoye, CEO of Vegas Homes, said SP Sini’s conduct remains exemplary and should inspire others and Nigerians to note that the Nigerian Police Force has men of integrity and good conduct.

According to him, “SP Sini’s actions have not only brought honour to himself and the Nigeria Police Force but has 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.

“This honour is aimed at not only appreciating the laudable conduct of Superintendent Ibrahim Sini, but to demonstrate that society appreciates individuals of integrity and good conduct.

“We want to also show that the Nigerian Police Force has officers that are professional, above board and with the right incentive engage in meaningful policing and be worthy examples.”

While commending Sini’s character, Okoye said that the event was just one of the other means of appreciation they have in stock for his commendable conduct.

“To reject N150 million takes discipline, the fear of God and professionalism. All these are attributes officer Ibrahim has demonstrated,” he added.

It would be recalled that Akindele, who is remanded in Kuje prison by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, was alleged to have offered police a bribe of N150 million to pervert the course of investigation in a petition against him.

The businessman was said in the charge to have dropped N50 million as part of the alleged bribe to the IGP’s team of investigators led by SP Sini.

According to the charge, the bribe was offered to allow police permit him to escape abroad and to write a favourable report for him after the investigation.

Akindele was arrested in respect of a petition submitted to the Police Chief by Summit Oil International Limited and was alleged to have swindled the firm of $5,636,397 and another N73,543,764.

Meanwhile, SP Sini said the reason he rejected the bribe money was because 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.

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