22nd November, 2010
Wonders, they say shall never cease or how should one describe the act of a PublicÂ Relations Officers, PRO in the Lagos State Civil Service who allegedly stoleÂ N130,000 out of the N200,000 largesse meant for some pressmen at an event.
The PROâ€™s boss had given him N200,000 for the pressmen who spent almost the entireÂ day to cover the last Executive-Legislative Parley held at Mile 2 area of LagosÂ State, South West Nigeria.
The PRO (name withheld), allegedly removed N130,000 and gave the over 30 pressmenÂ N70,000, saying that was what his boss gave to him.
He thought he had escaped with his crime but unfortunately, the bubble bust, and heÂ is now in a fix.
The newsmen know the PROâ€™s boss is generous and religious, so they reported theÂ matter to him.
He was shocked that such a thing could happen and confirmed that he gave the PROÂ N200,000 for the press boys.
The PRO, a supposed AlfaÂ was made to cough out the dirty money, while his bossÂ berated him for the crooked act.
Certainly, Alfa has lost his dignity and demeanour in the eyes of his boss and theÂ press boys.Â He will never be trusted again.
The act has served as a lesson to some PROs at the Secretariat, who have formed theÂ habit of shortchanging the press.