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Tricycle operator who returned lost N9m to owner honoured in Yobe

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By Bala Dauda Damaturu

 

The Yobe Association of Retired Permanent Secretaries has honoured Mallam Ali Bulama, a tricycle operator who returned lost N9 million to its owner in Jumbam, Tarmuwa Local Government Area.

Presenting a certificate of honour and N100,000 cash to Bulama, the Association’s Chairman, Alhaji Maisandari Lawan, commended the tricycle operator for his honesty and fear of God.

“ We got the news from social media; we then met and decided that this man deserves to be recognised for his selflessness.

“ He could have just simply kept the money for himself if he wanted to. But decided to do the right thing by returning it to its owner,” he said

Lawan called on the state government and philanthropists to support Bulama for his honesty.

He charged the general public, especially youths to emulate Bulama by exhibiting high sense of honesty and sincerity wherever they find themselves.

In his remarks, Bulama said the owner of the money and a resident of Maiduguri boarded his tricycle in Jumbam at about 9:30 pm on November 17.

“ It was around 11:30 or so after I had dropped him and went back home, that I saw a sack containing some items left in my tricycle.

“ When I discovered that the sack contained some money, I quickly went out to search for the owner. By then, the news of the missing N9 million had already circulated in the village.

“ After a while with the help of some locals, the owner of the money was found and I handed over the money to him,” he said.

Bulama, who hired the tricycle he uses, said the owner of the money gave him N20,000 in appreciation.

Our correspondent reports that the event was attended by community leaders and the leadership of tricycle operators in the local government area.

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