Former chairman of Police Service Commission, PSC, Chief Simon Okeke, has revealed that he rejected several attempts by one-time Inspector-General of Police, IGP, to bribe him.
Okeke, who did not named the former IGP that wanted to corrupt him, said the ex-IGP on three occasions tried to compromise him by offering bribes, but he stood firm and rejected the offer.
Okeke who made the disclosure while speaking to newsmen at his country home, Amichi in Nnewi South Local government Area of Anambra state, Friday said the IGP approached him for the first time in his office and suggested that both of them should share the budgetary allocation to the commission and seal up the deal but he just smiled and said no.
He said on another occasion, the IGP walked into his office for the second time and repeated the same statement but he again replied negatively until the third time when the IGP came to his residence and said: “look, Oga, there is too much money in this commission’s treasury for us to share and if we share it, nobody will find out”.
He said after listening to the IGP, he walked him out of his residence with some words as “I have a reputation to protect and besides, apart from the fact that I come from a good family background, I am content with my salary and allowances. I don’t want to soil my hands because it is against my moral principle.
“In fact, as he was still sitting down, I stood up, pick up my walking stick and barked at him, ‘Mr IG, if you don’t mind, get up and leave my house immediately or I will create a scene.’ He hurriedly stood up and walked away, forgetting his official cap on my table but as he was leaving, I directed my aides to run after him and give him the cap which they did before he entered his vehicle and left.
“As soon as he left, I said to myself, “I have defeated this temptation and I kept my hands clean until I left office at the expiration of my two term tenure. If I had succumbed to that pressure and we shared the money, as others did, probably, this Buhari’s anti-corruption war would have gripped me by the neck and I would be disgraced,” he revealed.
“Therefore, while advising public officeholders to shun corruption.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his on-going war against corruption and urged him to extend the anti-corruption war to all the government ministries and parastatals, if he hopes to recover generate funds to develop the country, especially now that the oil price has fallen in international market.”
On the on-going corruption war in the country, Okeke who celebrated his 80th birthday anniversary recently, commended Buhari for the achievements so far in the corruption war and urged him to apply the same zeal in fighting darkness (power blackout) and terrorism.
“If Buhari does nothing else other than unmasking corruption and recovering the loots, curb terrorism and to an extent stabilises power supply, his name will go down to history as a real patriot unlike past administrations which engaged corruption with lip service”.

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