- Ejiro Otarigho, the heroic tanker driver who drove a burning tanker away from a populated area to a safe place has been rewarded
- The latest reward is coming from the Delta state government and it is in the form of a N2m cheque, a plaque and a commendation letter
- The state government's appreciation was presented to Ejiro by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah
The Delta state government has presented the sum of N2 million to Ejiro Otarigho, the tanker driver who drove a burning tanker away from Agbarho community in Ughelli North local government area.
The money was given to Ejiro in appreciation for his heroism which averted what would have been a disaster in the community.
Reward for the hero
In addition to the monetary reward, Ejiro also received a plaque and a letter of commendation from the state government.
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The items were presented to the driver by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Speaking at the event, the governor's representative said as quoted by The Punch:
“We commended him for the rare display of patriotism, humanity, bravery and heroism, the incident would have resulted in the death of many persons and destruction of property at Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area where the fire started.
“Mr Otarigho has become the new face of Delta and Youth Ambassador for his display of heroism, the state government will continue to celebrate him.”
Ejiro's wife thanks Delta government
In a swift reaction, the wife of Ejiro said she was initially in shocked when she heard the news that her husband will be rewarded by the state government.
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All manners of accolades have been pouring in for Ejiro since he accomplished the heroic act a week ago.
My wife said I didn't consider them, says Ejiro Otarigho
In a related story, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ejiro Otarigho said his wife said he did not consider them before embarking on the dangerous move.
He said he was in the tanker vehicle with his 'motor boy' but said he asked the boy to alight and allow him to drive the burning tanker away.
Ejiro equally said it was God that helped him to accomplish the heroic act.