Two students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Ahmed Usman, and Ahmed Suleiman, have returned a missing N2.5million to the owner, Mallam Muhammad Kudu Ibrahim.
According to reports gathered, a Senior Lecturer, Ibrahim of the Faculty of Art and Science, Federal College of Education, Kotangora, Niger State, misplaced the cash on Wednesday.
Suleiman, a 300-Level student of Social Studies Education, told CAMPUSLIFE how the money was found in an open bag.
He said: “It was on Tuesday. The Students’ Union president and I were driving out of the school when we saw a leather bag and, on getting close, we realized that there was money in it.
“At first, we were scared of seeing such an amount of money in an open place. Besides, the leather bag was not zipped. I parked the car and we alighted from it. We looked around and nobody noticed us. Then, we picked the money, put it in the car and moved straight to the school’s security office. We gave the security man our phone numbers and told him to contact us should anybody complain of losing his or her valuables.”
“On getting to the school, there was a call for us to report at the security. We went there. We were asked what we saw. Meanwhile, the person who lost the money was with the security man awaiting our arrival,” Suleiman further explained.
Usman recalled how they both imagined what could be going on in the mind of the owner when they saw that the amount in the bag was huge.
“I was happy deep inside me because we never entertained any fraudulent thoughts. Naturally, different devilish thoughts jostled in our minds but thank God we were able to overpower such thoughts and kept the money until we saw the owner,” he said.
Kudu Ibrahim, who owns the cash said he had already lost hope of seeing it again. He praised Suleiman and Usman for their rare display of virtue.
He said: “It’s true I lost some amount of money by the roadside yesterday. I later went there to check if the money was there but, unfortunately, I couldn’t find it. The actual amount is N2.5 million, and the money belongs to an association which I chair. It’s a thrift and loan scheme.
“I complained to the security officials of the school and I was told to wait because those who found the money left their contacts, should anybody come for missing items. I was given back the money intact. I was even asked to check through but I knew it was complete because it was packed in N500,000 each in the bag.”
Nonetheless, Ibrahim promised to compensate the two students with an undisclosed amount.