- An assistant comptroller-general of customs, Bashir Abubakar, is honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari for rejecting a bribe from drug traffickers
- Abubakar, who was the comptroller of Apapa area command at the time, was promised a bribe totalling $16,480,000 to allow 40 containers of Tramadol into the country
- President Buhari says Bashir Abubakar's conduct is worthy of emulation
President Muhammadu Buhari has bestowed a national honour on an assistant comptroller-general of customs, Bashir Abubakar, for rejecting a bribe from drug traffickers seeking to bring in 40 containers of banned Tramadol into Nigeria.
Abubakar, who was the comptroller of Apapa area command at the time, was promised a bribe of $412,000 per container by the drug traffickers, totalling a sum of $16,480,000 for all the 40 containers of Tramadol, but the customs officer rejected the mouth-watering offer.
Muhammadu Buhari, while honouring the customs officer with the Integrity Award on Tuesday, November 19, said in a tweet that the customs officer was worthy of the award due to his fine example of incorruptibility which he said is worthy of emulation.
"Also found worthy of honour was Bashir Abubakar, an Asst Comptroller-General of Customs, who rejected a bribe of $412,000 per container offered him by drug traffickers seeking to bring 40 containers of Tramadol into Nigeria. A fine example of incorruptibility, worthy of emulation," the tweet read.
In a related report, President Buhari also bestowed a national award on Mrs Josephine Ugwu, a former cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos who had on different occasions returned millions of naira found in the course of her duty.
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Ugwu, in 2006, was reported to be earning N12,000 monthly but found and returned over N10 million at Enugu Airport.
Again, in 2014, she found and returned N8 million at Lagos Airport, also in 2014 she found and returned over another N7 million at the same airport. In 2015, it was reported that she found and returned 12 million dollars, an equivalent of N4.3 billion from the same airport and again in 2019 she found and returned N200,000 in Lagos airport private wing.
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