Sunday, 1 March 2015

Photos: How a senior HR manager was wrongly branded in the media as Lagos airport cleaner who allegedly returned N5.4 million

A few days ago, the story of a lady named Josephine Agwu, a Lagos airport toilet cleaner who found $27,000(around N5.4 million) in a briefcase and returned it to the owner at the airport , circulated massively in the social media and was even a big story on the cover of top Nigerian newspapers including The Nigerian Tribune and popular evening tabloid, PM News.

The story was being peddled with the above photo and everyone hailed her for such a noble act, unfortunately the lady in the photo is not in anyway an airport cleaner but a high-profile HR executive with Smooth Promotions, owners of the popular music channel Hip-TV, Hiphop World Magazine and Hip-hop World Awards. See another photo of her below at the office...

We gathered that some bloggers and journalists just went on Facebook to search for Josephine Agwu and picked up her photo,without verifying if she was the real 'Josephine Agwu' being rumoured on Twitter to have returned the large sums of money.

Infact, no one has been able to confirm up till this moment that any cleaner returned a lost briefcase of money at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport where the incident reportedly happened.

The Josephine Agwu in the photo being paraded as a cleaner at the airport is a certified associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), with 11 years working experience as a HR practitioner, and graduated with Second Class Upper Division in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the Federal University of Technology, FUTO in Imo State.

She currently holds the position of a senior manager in charge of Human Resources at Smooth Promotions in Ikeja, Lagos.

It was even gathered that as a result of the story, which trended on social media and was even retweeted by some popular people including the former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili and Ovation Publisher, Dele Momodu, the US Embassy in Lagos has reached out to Josephine Agwu to come for an award, which she declined.

The lady we gathered is greatly annoyed and embarrassed over this report by the media as her phone lines and emails have been buzzing with calls and messages from her friends, relatives and associates around the world congratulating her but baffled how she ended up becoming a cleaner at an airport despite her education and background.

If information is anything to go by, Josephine may be pressing some charges soon against these top media houses.

As at the time of writing this, the story is still trending on blogs. The CEO of Smooth Promotions, Ayo Animashaun tried to warned everyone with a tweet you'll find below, but most people didn't pay attention and only two people retweeted Ayo's warning. See more tweets below...

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