Nigerian Airforce

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to honour Aircraftman (ACM) Bashir Umar for returning lost 37,000 Euros (Ksh 4.2 million) to its owner in Kano.


A member of Nigeria’s air force has returned a parcel to its owner that contained 37,000 euros ($41,000; £37,000) in cash, the air force says.

Bashir Umar is a member of the force’s Mobile Air Defense Team that is deployed to Kano airport, northern Nigeria, for security duties.The Airforce said in a statement that he was on routine patrol with his colleagues when he found the parcel containing the lost money.A statement from Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson of NAF, the incident occurred at the ‘Hajj Camp Market’ in Kano

Instead of keeping it, the air force says the serviceman found a telephone number on the parcel which turned out to be the contact for the money’s owner.Umar reportedly returned the foreign cash to Alhaji Ahmad, who was said to have lost the money.

Consequently, the Chief of the Air Staff (SAC), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the Chief of Administration at the headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, to immediately come up with modalities to reward the Airman so as to encourage other personnel of the service to continue to embody attitudes and behaviors that reflect NAF’s core values of integrity, excellence and service delivery.

This isn’t the first time honest staff have returned forgotten valuables at Nigeria’s airports.Last August, the airport authorities in Lagos honored two security guards for returning a sum of money and expensive items and in September, a cleaner was commended for returning lost valuable of a passenger.

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Bashir Umar was on patrol when he saw the parcel full of cash

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