A driver at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) taxi park in Lagos, Adeniyi Olayinka, was yesterday celebrated after returning the sum of N888,000 lost by a passenger.
Olayinka, in his late 30s, revealed he discovered an envelope left behind by the passenger on the back seat of his car, shortly after he returned to the airport from Ibese, Ikorodu, destination of the passenger.
The driver, who doesn’t have a car of his own, but works as commissioned driver to a member of the Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN), said it never crossed his mind to covet another person’s belonging because
“it would put another family in sorrow and it is against the orientation given to every member of ACHAN at the airport.
Though it could be tempting to some people to see such money and pocket it, especially when their income is very poor. As for me, it never crossed my mind to do so,” Olayinka said.
The driver and his lucky passenger, Dele Ayeni, had met at about 1:30a.m. Monday shortly after the latter arrived from Cairo, Egypt. .
At dawn, both Olayinka and Ayeni were travelling in opposite direction to look for one another. As the driver reached the passenger’s house, Olayinka was alerted that Ayeni was already at the airport looking for his money.