– A security outfit in Lagos recently honoured one of its staff members for his honesty
– The man was rewarded for returning a bag containing over KSh 1 million in dollars
– The security guard found a bag in the banking hall and discovered $10,000 in it
As it turns out, its either Nigeria is blessed with the most honest people on the planet or rich people in that country are just careless with how they handle their money.
A Nigerian security guard identified as William Okogbue has been awarded by his company for his kind and honest gesture.
According to Nigeria’s The Cable, the security guard was rewarded by Hogan Guards Limited after he returned a missing bag containing KSh 1,031,400 ($10,000 ).
While narrating the events of the day, Okogbue said he was on duty at an Ecobank branch in Abuja when he found a bag in the banking hall, picked it up and discovered some dollars inside.
He revealed that he took the bag to the toilet where he counted the money and discovered that it was $10,000.
“It is my pleasure to be in Lagos today to be celebrated. I work as a supervisor for Hogan Guards. I’ve been working in Ecobank for almost 10 years. Somebody forgot their bag in the banking hall and it contained $10,000,” he said.
He then reported the matter to the customer service manager of the bank who took the bag and kept it until the owner came to claim it.
“When the owner came, he introduced himself as a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Abuja to my customer service manager whom I reported the matter to,” he said.
“My CSM interviewed him and gave him the bag. He was very happy and he said he would take it up because he had never seen someone like me. So, he took me to the manager and here we are,” he added
Okugbue who has now been appointed a full staff at Hogan Guards after Ecobank gave him a recommendation letter, was asked whether he was tempted to keep the money when he picked it.
He noted he stayed inside the toilet for over one hour deliberating on whether to run away with it or give it back to the bank.
“I am not rich but those values have been put in me. If I had taken the money, I will be in problem, Hogan Guard, Ecobank will also be in problem,” he said.
” I took the money to the toilet, checked if it was real or fake. I asked God if that was a temptation and then prayed. One part of me was telling me to take the money and run, another said I should return it,” he added.
When he first shared his story, he was attacked and abused by social media users for choosing to remain poor yet he could make himself rich by keeping, it which he has since adviced against.
Chukwuemeka Pindas, chief operating officer of Hogan Guards, said Okogbue displayed the core values of the organisation, adding that their efforts to be top-notch was not in vain.
This comes a month after The Nigerian Air Force gave a special recognition to Aircraftman Bashir Umar who returned missing 37,000 Euros (KSh 4.2 million) to the owner.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Thursday, July 25, promoted Umar from aircraftman to the rank of corporal at headquarters of the Air Force in Abuja.
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