Unable to get an Uber from Jabi on Friday morning, Dr Ike Anya
decided to flag down the Abuja taxi man who had flashed his
taxi’s headlamps at him. But he had no idea that he was about to be
introduced to a very rare specimen of a Nigerian – Mr Luke Olaniyi.
needed to get to the bank and then run a couple of errands. Passenger
and Abuja Taxi man agreed on a per-hour bill, and off they went.
He eventually asked the taxi to drop him off at home between 7.30pm and 8pm.
to Ike, he only realised he had lost money by the next morning. After a
late night, and enervating sleep, he checked his pockets and figured
“Hang on, looks like I’m missing one bundle of N50,000!”
Still thinking about when and how he misplaced the money, a strange number rang his phone.
“Hello Sir, I’m the driver who carried you yesterday,”
irritated Ike wondered why the taxi man would presume he could call
him, just because he carried him yesterday. But his irritation was cut
short when the man continued:
“Did you lose anything, sir?”
then did it click in Ike Anya’s mind: This call was about the missing
money. Unable to contain his disbelief Ike Anya went on to share this
good news on Facebook and twitter.
the soft-spoken Luke Olaniyi had only attempted this semi interrogation
to be sure that his gut-feeling wasn’t wrong. You see, this Abuja taxi
man had carried other passengers after dropping off our passenger the
He had also picked other passengers that Saturday
morning before he made to clean up his taxi and found the diamond bank
bundle under the car seat of the Nissan Sunny Almera – a car which he
had only just collected on a ‘hire-purchase’ arrangement.
however, asserts that a boarding pass, which was somehow stuck with the
bundle, is what convinced him that the money was dropped by Ike.
“As I see that plane paper with the bundle, I know that Oga look like who come from London”
Nigerian Dr & Writer Ike Anya had his money returned a taxi driverAccording
to this 42-year-old married father of three (a 2-month old baby, and
two others in primary school), he was recently robbed by thieves who
trailed him after he sold his own car with the intention of buying a new
one for his taxi business.
Luke admits to the bite that the
economy has on his lean pockets but in his words, “I am a child of God, I
have the discerning spirit to know that I shouldn’t take money which is
not my own.”
On whether he didn’t feel tempted at all upon finding this money in his car, Luke attests “I want to make heaven.”
Olaniyi worships with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and serves
as Assistant Pastor at the Overflowing Grace Parish, Obasanjo road,
We certainly wish more Nigerians can be like Luke;
even in this recession, and with school fees staring many Nigerian
parents in the face like insurmountable hurdles.
Dr Ike recommends
the taxi man for people looking for an honest person in Abuja, we
recommend him as an example of a good Nigerian. He does deserve the