Ibadan — The 2 Division of Nigerian Army, Odogbo, Ibadan, Monday, rewarded Mrs Bimbola Makinde for returning the N54,000 she found to the owner.
According to reports, the money belonged to a soldier in the division, Lance Corporal Mohammed Suleiman, with service number 96NA/42/6475.
Makinde is a member of staff of Jericho Nursing Home in Jericho area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Division, Maj.-Gen Ahmed Jibrin, told newsmen that the command was moved by the humanitarian gesture demonstrated by Makinde.
According to him, the gesture will let the public know that there are still very good people in the country.
He said: “I feel that such a person is not an ordinary Nigerian and I strongly feel that such person should be given maximum publicity.
“The amount found is even equivalent to two months’ salary of some citizens in the country but Makinde went through pains to return the money intact.”
“So, when we see such people with the fear of God, we should celebrate them to encourage them to do more and for everyone to emulate such good virtues.
“It is with this that the division is rewarding Makinde with the sum of N54,000 to use for whatever will continue to remind her of her kind gesture.”
In his remarks, Suleiman said he was surprised that such a person could still be found in the country where corruption and other vices thrived.
Suleiman said that in spite of the N5,000 reward he gave to Makinde, she still turned it down, adding that she did not return the money because she wanted to be rewarded.
Responding, Makinde thanked the GOC for inviting her to the division and for the reward.
She said: “What made me to return the money is because I have the fear of God and I want to make (go to) heaven.”