By Musa Umar Bologi
A journalist, Abdulkadir Aliyu Shehu, working with the Progress FM, a private-owned radio station in Gombe, Gombe State capital, has returned $3,000 he found to the owner.
Shehu, who is the Programme Manager of the station, told 21st CENTURY CHRONICLE on Saturday that he found an envelope containing the money on the road behind Matrix filling station, in Tunfure area of the city, on Wednesday.
“I was going to the office from my house around 7am when I saw an envelop on the road. I opened it and discovered it contained some currrencies in US dollar, so I put the envelope inside my bag,” he said.
“When I got to the office I counted the content which was $3,000. I told some of my colleagues, but didn’t disclose the amount and in what currency. So I began to announce on the radio that whoever lost money along so so area, the money has been found and should call a particular mobile number.
After the announcement, the Kano-born broadcaster said he received more than 50 calls from different people, each claiming the money belong to him.
“Some said the money they lost was N50, some said N100,000. They were just giving different figures. Later, the real owner called, crying profoundly, and described the location he lost the money, where the money was srapped, the amount, and so on. So I told him to come. And after a satisfactory explanation, I handed over the money to him.”
Asked why he decided to return the money, eventhough he might have been in need of money, Shehu said, “Let me tell you something, when I found the money and was trying to look for the owner, I received a call from Kano that my son was sick and needed to be tested for kidney and liver disease at the hospital. They couldn’t go ahead with the test, because there was no money. But I did not touch the money he found, because it is not mine, and if I did, God will judge me in this world and hereafter if I do that.”
This is not the first time Shehu will be returning money to a owner, 21st CENTURY CHRONICLE gathered that Shehu returned over N900,000 to NIRSAL in April, 2021, after he was over credited for the N500,000 COVID-19 loan he applied for.
Source: 21st Century Chronicle