for Africa, Mohammed Ogbanago, who returned $10,000 (about N2.8m)
misplaced by a customer, has said he was ridiculed for the action.
to show that all Nigerians were not corrupt and to set a good example
for Nigerian youths.
29-year-old had on April 7, 2016, found the $10,000 close to the main
gate of the Oba Akran branch of the UBA, where he worked as a security
taken the money to the bank’s operation manager, who then handed it over
to the customer when he revisited the bank.
bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu, hosted Ogbanago at the
bank’s corporate headquarters on the Lagos Island.
Ogbanago on his official Instagram page, said, “When I heard about this
story, I knew I had to meet the man, who despite facing rising petrol
and transportation prices and ‘tomato Ebola,’ returned such a huge sum
the guard, who graduated from the Kogi State College of Education in
2012, said good upbringing helped him to resist any temptation to
abscond with the money.
cleaner (Josephine Agwu), who returned the N12m she found at her work
place, also inspired him.
day. I was coming from inside the bank when I saw the money on the
ground and I decided that the best thing was for me to take it to the
operation manager. The owner of the money later came to ask for it.
ridiculing me that I shouldn’t have returned the money and that I should
have considered my meagre salary before letting go of such a huge sum
of money. But I felt I did the right thing. If I had, for instance,
taken the money away and fled to my village, it would not be a case of
misplaced money again, but stealing, and I could even be declared
for my upkeep, especially with the current economic situation in the
country, it is no excuse to take what is not mine.
Nigeria great, we all must prove to be good Nigerians in our small
corners. Not all Nigerians are corrupt.
myself and I want other Nigerian youths to learn from it. I want our
youths to know that a good name is better than riches,” he added.