A young schoolboy, Philemon Igbokwe, has been rewarded for his honesty in returning a lost phone to the owner in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Writing on Facebook on Sunday, a lawyer, Emma Okah, disclosed that the boy found the mobile phone of a wedding guest in a restroom.
Okah said that he was compelled to reward him with a cash reward of N50,000 while two other guests handed him $500 and N50,000 respectively.
The student who was highly commended for his honesty eventually went home with about N340,000.
He wrote on Facebook:
“The boy with me in this photograph is Master Philemon Igbokwe. He is a student of Federal Government College, Rumuokoro, PH, Rivers State. He has no phone, even the cheapest.
“Yesterday, I chaired the wedding event of Mr. Victor Emma Woke from Elele Town and his wife Joy from Eleme at Exquisite Event Centre, (Eliozu), G.U. Ake Road, PH.
“Philemon demonstrated a rare feat of honesty by picking and returning a new android phone forgotten by its owner in the restroom. The MC announced this at the event and people were excited to see such a show of honesty from a young boy in a country riddled with vices.
“I announced a cash reward of N50,000. while Hon Josiah Olu did N50,000 and Co-Chairman Dr John Bosco – $500. By this, Philemon Igbokwe will go home with N340,000 for returning a phone which if sold as a stolen item, would not make N40,000.
“I am proud to Congratulate Philemon and his parents for the example he has shown that there are still young ones with integrity in our country. I pray God to uphold Philemon and his family in greatness, honor, and success in life,” he said.
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