An act of kindness would not go unrewarded was a song on the lips of young Philemon Igbokwe, a Senior Secondary school student, who was rewarded with the sum of N340,000 for being an upright and sincere person.
THE VENT REPUBLIC gathered that Philemon had in a restroom found a missing phone in the aftermath of a wedding reception in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and dutifully returned it to the rightful owner.
A legal counsel, Emma Okah, had taken to his Facebook page on Sunday, April 11, 2021, to disclose the rare act of Philemon, who had no phone of his own but chose to return the expensive gadget to the owner.
In his words:
“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, honour and success in life.”