By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has applauded the honest gesture of Ms. Chioma Odidika, a Nigerian resident in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, for returning $4,000 USD from possible scammers.
The Commission, in a statement by the Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, noted that it is a thing of joy that another Nigerian Diaspora has made Nigerians proud with her conduct.
According to Hon. Abike-Dabiri, “It is gratifying to note that the uncommon act of honesty of Ms Chioma Odidika has earned her Integrity Award from the Sheriff of Richland County.
“It is indeed a well deserved award and a great opportunity to celebrate you. “This is another victory for Nigeria, as another proud Nigeria is portraying what Nigeria is about and that is honesty.
“Thanks for being a good ambassador of your country Nigeria, you have portrayed the image of Nigerians in the diaspora as unique, honest and trustworthy immigrants”.
“No legacy is as rich as honesty; it remains the best policy. We must continue to exhibit such behaviour in wherever we find ourselves.
“We must continue to be a good Ambassador to our country,” She stressed.
Chioma, who hails from Imo state, said she received an email from possible scammers, explainng that they called her and before she knew what was happening, they had sent a check of $4000 USD.
According to her, “I immediately called President Tonna Okei (Ikuku Oma), President of Organization of African Unity SC who immediately called the Sheriff of Richland County and the Police of Columbia City took me”.
Odidika reported and surrendered the cheque. President Okei called both police leaders and made a strong representation and Ms Chioma was given an award of honesty by the Sheriff and offer of a job on 2nd September, 2020.
It will be recalled that another Nigerian based in Qatar, Michael Jonathan Asemota in 2018 returned $441,127.99 about N150 million wrongfully posted into his account in Qatar.