CSP Francis Osagie Erhabor is the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of D Division Itam, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state. He has never taken a bribe in 29 years of active service. In the police force, D Division, bail is free and no policeman dares take a bribe from community members. His officers have earned the trust of the community for their stand on integrity and this has gained the needed support and collaboration to fight local crimes. He is very involved in community projects and mentoring young people.
While on duty as the pipeline commander in Edo State, he refused bribes of 1.5 million naira offered to him weekly from 4 individuals who were involved in illegal oil bunkering. In addition, he rejected 500,000 naira per week…
as returns from his subordinates, given to them as bribes to allow adulterated petroleum products to be brought into the state. Rejecting these tempting offers earned him several enemies, especially considering that his 37,500 Naira monthly allowance was not steady.
He states that his belief in integrity stems from the trust and respect he has earned from the community he serves, which make his job easier. He advocates “standing for truth even when no one is on your side.” In the future, he hopes to actualise a Police Force that is the dream of the citizenry.
How we wish many will follow his footsteps.
Police is your friend.
CSP Erhabor was nominated and massively voted by Nigerians as 2020 Police Officer of the Year