Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has applauded Ms. Chioma Odidika, a Nigerian resident in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, for returning $4,000 USD from possible scammers. She described it as a honest gesture.
A statement by the Commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, stated that it is a thing of joy that another Nigerian Diaspora has made Nigerians proud by her conduct.
“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”.
Balogun reports Abike Dabiri-Erewa as saying “ 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. 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”.