A Nigerian air force officer is to be rewarded by the military leadership for returning a missing parcel containing 37,000 euros ($41,500) in cash to its owner.
Bashir Umar, a member of the force’s Mobile Air Defence Team found the parcel containing the lost money while on routine patrol with his colleagues.
He was part of the team deployed to the Kano airport, northern Nigeria, for security duties.
According to the air force, instead of keeping it, Bashir Umar called the telephone number on the parcel.
The phone number happens to be the contact of the owner of the money.
The air force leadership said in a statement that Umar will be rewarded “so as to encourage other personnel of the service.”
On social media some Nigerians were impressed by Bashir Umar’s action.
Such folks as he, airport cleaners, cab drivers, tricyclists, etc of noble, impeccable character, deserve national awards … Making Nigeria proud! Kudos soldier! #ImageMakers
— ERA Davids (@SnipeRadar) July 21, 2019
Immediately I saw this post I got a goosebumps, stand up Immediately like a soldier and gave you a salute without a headgear. I don’t care it’s the salute that matters to me.
— Adewale Abdulhammed Adediran (@Lill_hamad) July 22, 2019
In this our current country condition this guy is different
— DigitizeWorx (@DigitizeWorx) July 22, 2019
In the past Nigerian officials have rewarded individuals who have acted in similar ways.
August last year airport authorities in Lagos honoured two security guards after they returned a “sum of money and expensive items.”
In September last year again a cleaner was commended for returning “lost valuable” of a passenger.