A 22-year-old commercial Keke rider, Auwalu Salisu, has revealed that he was mocked by friends and members of his community for returning N15 million a passenger forgot in his tricycle.
CorrectNG reported few days ago that the owner of the money traveled to Kano state, Nigeria from the Republic of Chad to buy goods.
The tricycle driver, a resident of Yankaba in Nasarawa local government, made the commendable decision to return the entire cash which he found in the backseat after hearing a message about the missing money on a radio station in Kano.
Salisu, a school dropout has been receiving praises for his display of uncommon honesty. The cash sum of N15 million when converted, includes; 10.130 million CFA and N2.9 million.
But, speaking while receiving a cash gift of N100,000 from the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, for his honesty, Salisu said he was mocked by almost all his friends except a few that commended him for doing the right thing.
Narrating what happened, the tricyclist said he carried three passengers on Thursday from Badawa to Yan Kaba Motor Park in Kano.
However, while cleaning the Keke later, he discovered a bag inside tricycle. He said when he checked, he found it was filled with cash.
He added; “I then rushed to our house and showed my mother. It was wads of foreign currency. My mother quickly informed my father, who also informed his elder brother.
“When they came to the house, they decided we should not announce finding the money on radio, but wait till the owner announced it.
“I collected the numbers and called them five times but it was not answered (sic). When I called the other number, it was picked at the third attempt. I spoke with the person and introduced myself as the tricyclist that carried them on Thursday.
“He was happy and arranged to meet at the Arewa Radio where they announced the missing money. We met there and they were happy. They gave me N400,000.
“I did that for the sake of God. I was even chided by my friends. They said I am mad for returning such amount of money.”
Although he said he was mocked for returning the money, Salisu urged his friends and other youths to follow his example.