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Nigerian police officer honoured by BBC for no bribery case

British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, has
honoured a police officer, Julius Adedeji, for
standing against bribe since he joined the
force.
A 2017 survey by Nigerian Bureau of Statistics,
NBS, had identified officers of the Nigeria Police
Force as among the most corrupt public
officials in the country, especially in bribery.
Adedeji is said to have never taken a bribe, not
because he has never been offered such but
because it is “needless” for him.
For that rare feat, the BBC is celebrating him
as Nigeria’s ‘most dedicated police officer’.
Adedeji told the BBC in an interview that he
was surprised to be nominated for the award
because he did not know he was being
watched.
He said: “I thank God that it’s recognised and I
feel like putting my best more and more. A
copy of the letter (from the BBC) was delivered
to my office for my information. When I read
through it, I was wondering could it be true?
“I read through the letter and I saw that it said,
they wanted an institution which they can
name and shame those that are not doing well
and encourage the people that are doing well
within the Nigerian police force, I felt so great.”
Asked if he had ever been offered money in the
form of bribe, he said: “Absolutely. And even
today, a person offered to give me some money
and I said ‘no,no,no,no why would you do that,
I’m just doing my work’.”
He, however, admitted he had been tempted to
take bribes, saying: “There’s no way one would
not once in a while be tempted; but I just want
to do what is right.”
Adedeji advised his colleagues whose lifestyles
were built around bribe to desist from the
practice.
“I know in my little space where I work, I’ve
seen people who are going the wrong way.
We’ve talked to them and told them you don’t
have to do this and God will find a way to
bless you when you’re doing what is right,” he
said.

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