A taxi driver, Ishaku Bulus of Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, has returned the sum of N420,000 to a passenger, who forgot it in his commercial vehicle.
The money which belonged to one Mr. Ezema Ukaku, a fairly used clothes seller, was handed over to him at the office of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers in Jos.
Ukaku had boarded Bulus’ vehicle from Pankshin LGA to Jos to make purchase for the next weekly market but alighted at Ahmad Bello way, leaving behind his bag containing almost half a million naira.
According to Bulus, he returned the money in spite of pressure from friends and associates to keep the money for himself. ”I returned the money because it is not my sweat,” he said.
Mr Bulus, who spoke to journalists at the state council of the NURTW, explained that; “what does not belong to you does not belong to you and the money that was forgotten in my vehicle does not belong to me.”
”When I realised that there was money in the bag, I didn’t hesitate for a moment, I didn’t hide the money for my own personal use. I felt there was no gain in that,” he further stated.
The commercial driver explained that after sharing the news with his friends and associates, a good number of them discouraged him from returning the money with some even insulting him.
He advised other commercial drivers to do same when found in similar situation, stressing that,” we all have to be good Samaritans so as to change the narrative.”
However, Mr. Ezema Ukaku, who’s money was returned to him appreciated the courage of Bulus and stressed that his actions have strengthen his faith about Nigerians.
”Initially, I was worried because that was my only business capital but now I am relaxed, thanks to what Bulus has done for me, I will never forget him in my life,” he said.
Earlier in his remark, the Plateau State NURTW Chairman, Yusha’u Muhammad, appreciated the courage of the driver and called on other drivers to emulate him.
Muhammad assured the public that whoever leaves behind their belongings in commercial vehicle registered with the union would get it back.