Monday, 25 March 2013

How I rejected N10m bribe – Civil Defence boss (The Oga At The Top)

Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr Ade Abolurin has charged officers and men of the corps to shun corruption, disclosing how he recently turned down an offer of over N10 million from a group which wanted to supply laptops to the corps.
Dr Abolurin who spoke yesterday at the National Cooperative Summit of the Corps in Abuja also disclosed how a team of private developers attempted to induce him financially to have him approve their proposal for a mass housing scheme for the NSCDC.

“Some people came and met me and said they wanted to supply us laptops and I said if the laptops would be highly affordable, then I will not have any problem with their proposal.

When they were about leaving, they offered N10 million and I asked ‘for what?’ They just said ‘it’s appreciation.’ I told them instead of giving me that money, they should use it to subsidize the laptops that they wanted to supply. “Two days after, they came again and said ‘Oga, sorry o, it’s like we did not understand you very well before.’

They doubled the money and immediately, I walked them out with a firm threat to arrest them if they came close to my office again. “Some people also came to me and invited me for a dinner in Sheraton.

They said they wanted to build houses for the corps and I asked them if the houses will be affordable”, he said, adding that at the dinner the group also made attempts to induce him but he threatened to arrest them except for the pleas of some top Nigerians.

While charging officers of the corps to shun corruption, Abolurin said it is only by so doing that they can face the authority and speak truth to it.

Dr Abolurin also cleared the air on the status of the corps’ Lagos State Commandant, Mr Obafaiye Shem, explaining that the officer has not committed any serious offence contrary to the rumours making the round and he has not been suspended

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