Lagos airport taxi driver, Olayinka Adeniyi, under the Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria[ACHAN], at Murtala Muhammed International Airport[MMIA],Lagos, returned $2,400 [ approximately #888,000] with an international passport forgotten by a passenger.
Mr Adeniyi said that the items were found 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 where he dropped the passenger, on July 29th.
The cab driver said, ”I never had it in mind to take someone’s possession because it would put sorrow in another family’s life.
Mr Adeniyi,who has been operating at the airport for over 15 years disclosed on how he saw the money, he said “At about 1:30 a.m. on July 29, I met this passenger on arrival at the International airport. I negotiated with him and we agreed at N6,000 to transport him to his destination at Ikorodu. I returned to the airport immediately I dropped him at his house. But no sooner than I arrived and parked my car at the airport, I discovered an envelope had been left behind on the back seat of my car. I picked the envelope and opened it. What I saw was his international passport. 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. It was dollars in $100 denomination. I counted and they were 24 in number
The cab driver said from there, he reported the items to the officer- on- duty at the airport’s arrival car park and was instructed to drop the parcel at ACHAN’s secretariat.
The passenger, Dele Ayeni said ”he is a living testimony that Nigeria has hope. We are not all bad people. I have started campaigning to people via social media to always patronize airport registered cabs.