Lagos airport car hire operator returns N888,000 to passenger

Posted by Shola Adekola, Lagos | 1 August 2019 | 1,312 times

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One of the drivers of Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Mr Adeniyi Olayinka, has returned a sum of N888,000 and an international passport left by a passenger in his car to the passenger.

Olayinka told journalists at the airport that he discovered the items in an envelope left behind by the passenger on the back seat of the car shortly after he returned to the airport from Ibese Ikorodu, the destination of the passenger.

The driver who doesn’t have a car of his own, but works as a commissioned driver to another member of the association, said it never crossed his mind to covert another person’s belonging because such move apart from putting another family in sorrow, is against the orientation given to every member of ACHAN in the airport.

I looked further into the envelope and discovered there was another white envelope inside. I opened the second envelope only to discover that something was wrapped in it. When I removed the wrapper I discovered it contained mint fresh notes of US currency. They were in $100 denomination. I counted and they were 24 in number totalling

$2,400. When converted at the prevailing rate of N370 as at Monday morning, it amounted to N888,000.

Based on the orientation and instructions we received from the leadership of ACHAN on weekly basis, I reported the findings to the officer on duty at the arrival car park of the airport. I was instructed to drop the parcel and its contents at our secretariat at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Since I didn’t have the passenger’s phone contact, I had to go to his place where I dropped him to inform him or his family member of the discovery. But by the time I got to the passenger’s home at Ibese-Ikorodu, I was told he had returned to the airport to look for the lost parcel. As I was leaving the house in Ikorodu, I got the call from our secretariat that the passenger was already in the airport to report the loss.” (Nigerian Tribune)

•Photo shows, L-R; Chairman, Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN), Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Elder Olubi Ojo, the ACHAN driver who discovered and returned N888, 000, Mr. Adeniyi Olayinka, ACHAN officer on Duty, Mr. Soele and the passenger Engineer Dele Ayeni at the ACHAN secretariat.

Source: News Express

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