Cab Driver Who Returned Missing N18 million Gets N30,000 reward

Cab Driver who returned missing N18 million to get N30,000 reward A taxi driver, Mr. Imeh Usuah, on Thursday received an award from the National Orientation Agency for returning N18m left in his car by a passenger.

Also, Lagos State Governor Babatunnde Fashola is to receive N30, 000 from the agency for stopping soldiers driving on the dedicated lane for Bus Rapid Transport.

Mr. Mike Omeri, Director General of the agency, said this in Abuja while giving the award of N30, 000 to Usuah for his honesty and patriotism by returning N18m to the rightful owner.

The taxi driver was also given an award for his courage to do the right thing when most people would have seen the money as a way to enrich themselves.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Fashola had on July 17 arrested two military officers who drove on the dedicated BRT lane.

The two military officers were accosted on the BRT lane at the Outer Marina in Central Lagos, where Col. K. I. Yusuf drove in an army green Peugeot 406 with number plate BO1 – 150 NA and Staff Sergeant Adeomi A.J, drove in a black Toyota Camry car.

Omeri said every Nigerian that did good including Fashola would be honoured by the agency.

The NOA DG, who eulogised the exemplary life of the taxi driver said that every Nigerian “who toed the path of honesty and displayed a rare integrity must be celebrated.’’

Omeri said the award would be given to any Nigerian irrespective of status or class that showed act that depicted the values and culture of Nigeria.

The DG said those who often saw Nigerians in bad light should desist from that and begin to see her in good light, adding that peace, honesty and love was a Nigerian factor.

He said for Usuah to have returned the money showed that Nigerian still had men and women of integrity.

Usuah, who plies the airport road, said he was at the car wash when he discovered there was a bag left behind after dropping the man off in a hotel and immediately returned it.

“My mind went back to the man who I dropped at the hotel and I immediately alerted my chairman and he instructed me to go back to the place where I dropped him. I saw him and delivered his bag to him.”

Mr. Oche Elias, who represented the Minister of Aviation, said it was a rare display of honesty, adding that it was “a huge integrity and trust exhibited by Usuah.”

He said with that act, the country’s image was being corrected, adding that everybody should be involved in the image management of the country.

Elias said the aviation ministry would organise a dinner in his honour to show to the world that integrity paid.

  1. Ajibola Tobi Lawal Reply

    I doubt if Usuah himslf would have returned it.

    • oluwole olotu Reply

      What do you mean that if Mr Usuah himself would have returned the money? He did return it per the article. I guess you might not have returned the money yourself. People can fill in the gaps of your statement. Another cynical 9ja.

  2. oluwole olotu Reply

    Mr Usuah needs to be commended. i have always said that there are still honest Nigerians out there. This singular act confirms my judgement and conviction that we are not an endangered species as some would like you to belief. All these various awards that the political elite in Abuja bestow on themselves, I will go out on a limp and say Mr Imeh Usuah is more deserving awardee. He is a true ambassador for our country and a good role model for the youth to emulate.

  3. Olufisayo Ogunwale Reply

    coment reserved!

  4. king Henry Reply

    He returned the money because he picked the man from there station if the man picked him along the road he wasn’t going to return it mine was never returned the day i forgot my bag at Ojota i went out with the rice and forgot my bag with all the money in it i will never forget that day

  5. emmy Reply

    None of d people that gave him d award will return back d money if they probably see it. The likes of Omeri and elias.
    Many of 9ja’s senators, governors,political office holders will return back the money if they come in contact with such.
    Rewarding him with 30k, dt is absurd…

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